National Geographic : 1940 Dec
Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams On the Walls of Beth-shean, Conquering Philistines Displayed the Bodies ofKing Saul and His Sons When the Hebrew ruler saw he was about to meet defeat at the fateful battle of Mount Gilboa, he took his ownlife byfalling onhissword (ISam. 31). American archeologists have excavated the historic ruins on the isolated hill at the base of the Valley of Jezreel (page 799). Before the days ofSaul, the early Israelites had failed to capture this "House of Security" from the Canaanites (Judges 1:27). Later it came under the rule ofKing Solomon (IKings 4:12).