National Geographic : 1957 Dec
Peaceful Farmers Plow Armageddon's Battlefield Below the Mound of Megiddo Ruins of 20 cities, one atop the other, lift the tell of Megiddo far above the Plain of Esdraelon. For 3,000 years this man-made hill was one of the most stra tegic spots in Palestine. Its successive fortresses looked down on the Syria Egypt highway, a route heavily traveled by merchant caravans and invading armies seeking the mountain pass southward to the Plain of Sharon. By the time the 13-acre mound was abandoned about 400 B. C. so many vio lent and decisive battles had been fought on the plain below that Megiddo gave its name to Armageddon, the final battle be tween the power of God and the hosts of evil foretold in the Book of Revelation. Furrowed by Excavators, Megiddo Shows an Ancient City Plan Archeologists once planned to level Me giddo's 70-foot-high tell as a model of Near Eastern excavation. The goal proved too costly, but an area stripped to bed rock and layers peeled off the top have vastly increased knowledge of Bible times.