This palace, which served the kings of Hazor during the 14th-13th centuries BCE, is of a ceremonial nature (The administrative palace is to be sought elsewhere on the site). The plan, consisting of a courtyard and a throne room, and constructional elements of the building - combining stone, mud-brick and wood - show a distinct influence from northern Canaan (present-day Syria).
The floor of the throne room was originally made of wood; the present floor is reconstructed. The large quantities of wood incorporated into the walls, floor, and roof of the building contributed to a major conflagration, remnants of which are clearly visible on the walls of the structure and on the basalt slabs covering the lower part of the walls. The palace, like the rest of Hazor, was destroyed by fire when Hazor fell (Joshua 11:10-13).
English Text on Marker Insert:
A document mentioning the dispatch of a group of workers (14th century BCE)
A document addressed to Ibni [Addo] King of Hazor (18th century BCE)
English Text on Marker Timeline:
Canaanite Hazor (Greater Hazor) 1720-1100 BCE
· Middle Canaanite Period IIb
· Late Canaanite Period (to Destruction of Canaanite Hazor - 1250 BCE)
· Occupational Gap 1250-1100 BCE
Hazor 1100-732 BCE
· Israelite Period I (Period of the Settlement of the Tribes and Judges) 1100-950 BCE
· Israelite Period IIa (Reign of Solomon) 950-850 BCE
· Israelite Period IIb (Reign of Ahab to Destruction of the Kingdom of Israel) 850-732 BCE