Long before its Biblical walls came tumbling down, Jericho’s residents were being enticed to give up hunting and gathering and start farming for a living. They settled in this oasis next to the Jordan River and built a mysterious 8.5-meter (28-foot) stone tower on the edge of town, reports the Jerusalem Post.
Ran Barkai of the Department of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University, “The tower was constructed by a major building effort. People were working for a very long time and very hard. It was not like the other domestic buildings in Jericho.”
Barkai said architecture designed to awe and inspire, and without any obviously functional purpose, isn’t unique to the megalithic period. Even today, governments erect monuments like the Arc de Triomphe to influence public opinion and enhance their standing.
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