Bir al-Maksur

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Bir al-Maksur
  • בִּיר אל-מַכְּסוּר
  • بئر المكسور
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259 Bir ˀel-Makksur
 • Also spelled Bir el-Maksur (official)
Beer al-Maksura (unofficial)
Bir al-Maksur, 2010
Bir al-Maksur, 2010
Bir al-Maksur is located in Israel
Bir al-Maksur
Bir al-Maksur
Coordinates: 32°46′38″N 35°13′15″E / 32.77722°N 35.22083°E / 32.77722; 35.22083Coordinates: 32°46′38″N 35°13′15″E / 32.77722°N 35.22083°E / 32.77722; 35.22083
Grid position 170/242 PAL
District Northern
Founded 1950s
 • Type Local council (from 1990)
 • Head of Municipality Mohamed Ghadir
 • Total 4,554 dunams (4.554 km2 or 1.758 sq mi)
Population (2016)[1]
 • Total 8,903
Name meaning The Broken Well

Bir al-Maksur or Beer el-Maksura (Arabic: بئر المكسور‎; Hebrew: בִּיר אל-מַכְּסוּר‬) is an Arab Bedouin[2] local council in the Northern District of Israel located 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north-west of Nazareth. In 2016 its population was 8,903.[1] The villagers belong to the Arab el-Hujeirat Bedouin tribe, settled there in the 1950s.[citation needed]


Flint from the Mousterian culture, made with the Levallois technique, in addition to remains from Pre-Pottery Neolithic A and Pre-Pottery Neolithic B have been excavated here.[3][4]

Sherds from Iron age I, and possibly Iron age II have been found here.[2]

A burial cave, with ceramics and artefacts dating to the late Roman era, that is, third–fourth centuries CE, have been excavated here.[5]

In 1881, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine noted at Kh.el Maksur: "Heaps of stones."[6][7]

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  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Gal, 1992, p. 21
  3. ^ Malinski-Buller and Aladjem, 2011, Bir el-Maksur Preliminary Report
  4. ^ Yaroshevich, 2013, Bir el-Maksur Final Report
  5. ^ Zidan and Mitler, 2014, Bir el-Maksur
  6. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 314
  7. ^ meaning: The ruin of the broken one, according to Palmer, 1881, p. 112


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