According to The Jerusalem Post, an archaeological team in Israel discovered a fortress that dates back to the 12th century BC. This era is described in the biblical Book of Judges.
Archaeologists suggest that the fortress was built by the ancient Canaanite civilization to defend against the Philistine invaders, a people described in the Bible and whose existence is still debated by scholars.
The fortress has a square shape measuring 18 by 18 meters, there are watchtowers in each corner of the structure. In the center of the fortress there was a courtyard paved with stone slabs and columns. In the former premises of the fortress, earthen vessels were discovered, including those that were probably used in religious rituals.
The age of the fortress sheds light on the ancient history of the region. “The fortress we found allows us to look into the geopolitical environment described in the Book of Judges,” the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a statement. "It describes how the Canaanites, Israelites and Philistines fought each other."
In the middle of the 12th century BC, the Egyptians, who had previously lived in this region, left this land. So two new rivals came into play: the Israelites and the Philistines. Archaeologists believe this led to a series of violent territorial disputes.