Studying the antiquity of Israel, the archaeologists discovered the remains of an ancient fortified complex. The scientists believe it was built by the Geshurites. They were considered allies of King David. The construction of the fortress could take place around the 10th or 11th century BC. The fort that is at least 3000 years old, is located near Hispin. It is a religious settlement in the southern Golan Heights.
An archaeologist Barak Tzeen says that the construction of the fort was of strategic importance. It is built on top of a hill above El Al canyon. It offers views of the entire region. The walls of the fort are up to one and a half meters wide, they are built of large basalt boulders that surround the entire hill.
During the excavations, the archaeologists found a large basalt boulder, where there is a schematic engraving of two horned figures with arms outstretched in different directions. By the way, a year ago, the archaeologists from the University of Nebraska north of the Sea of Gallilee found an iconic stone stele, on which a figure was carved.
It had arms outstretched. It is installed on a platform, a dais in front of the city gates. The archaeologists believe that the figure represents the cult of the Moon God. It is possible that the person who saw this impressive stele of Bethsaida wished to create a copy of the royal stele.
According to the historical records, Bethsaid was considered a fortified city, the capital of the kingdom of Geshur. It maintained diplomatic and family relations with the House of King David. One of the king's wives was Talmi, the daughter of King Geshur.
The archaeologists believe that the science knows different facts about the cities of the kingdom of Geshur, which were built on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. And there is very little scientific information about settlements in the Golan, there is practically no data about them.
The discovered unique complex gives scientists new knowledge about the settlement of the Golan during the Iron Age.