Tel Yarmuth – Aerial views (


Tel Yarmuth – Aerial views (

Tel Yarmuth (Jarmuth) is located in the low hills (Shephelah) of Judea, above the newly built neighborhood of Ramat Beit Shemesh. The mound, 180 dunams in area, has an acropolis on its eastern side and a lower city on the western side.
On the lower city is a monumental palace, covering and area of 72.1m x 84.5m. On its south side is a large (35.0-46.5m) walled courtyard, while on the north west side is a complex of rooms, small courtyards and halls. The last phase of the palace was in the end of the Early Bronze III period (2600-2200 BC).
The walled courtyard inside the palace is surrounded by massive walls, 1.85m wide, supported by 39 buttresses set along its inner face. The walls might have been rising to 4-5m.
A ceremonial gate to the palace is located on the north east side.
The city gate is located on the south west side of the palace. Its structure is seen in this video adjacent to the walls of the palace. The drone traverses the palace from west to east, then continues towards the acropolis, turns north and around again to the palace.

Yarmuth is mentioned in the Bible as one of the five Amorite kings who fought against Joshua (Joshua 10,5): “Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it”.