Tell Beit Mirsim

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A stela from Tell Beit Mirsim
Position of Tell Beit Mirsim among other Bronze and Early Iron Age tells in the area

Tell Beit Mirsim is an archaeological site in Israel, on the border between the Shfela and Mount Hebron.

It was excavated for four seasons (1926, 1928, 1930 and 1932) by William F. Albright.[1] The site has "a town plan characteristic of the Kingdom of Judah that is also known from other sites" including, Beit Shemesh, Tell en-Nasbeh, Khirbet Qeiyafa and Beersheba. "A casemate wall was built at all of these sites and the city’s houses next to it incorporated the casemates as one of the dwelling’s rooms. This model is not known from any Canaanite, Philistine or Kingdom of Israel site."[2]

Albright identified the ruin with the biblical city Dvir (Debir), or Kiryat Sefer by another name.[3] He hoped to find an ancient archive there. This identification is not currently accepted by the archaeological community. Khirbet Rabud is seen as the more likely location.[4]


  1. ^ W. F. Albright, The Fourth Joint Campaign of Excavation at Tell Beit Mirsim, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, No. 47 (Oct., 1932), pp. 3-17.]
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-23. Retrieved 2014-12-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Joshua, 15:15
  4. ^ Trevor Bryce (2009). The Routledge Handbook of the Peoples and Places of Ancient Western Asia: From the Early Bronze Age to the Fall of the Persian Empire. Taylor & Francis. p. 588. ISBN 978-0-415-39485-7.


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Coordinates: 31°27′21″N 34°54′35″E / 31.455775°N 34.909846°E / 31.455775; 34.909846