Science: First Wall of Jericho

Jericho's claim to fame is the way it was captured by Joshua. As the Lord commanded, he and the children of Israel marched around the city once a day for six days. On the seventh, after a blast of trumpets and a mighty shout, the walls came tumbling down.* This happened about 1370 B.C., but it was a comparatively recent episode in the long history of Jericho.

Modern Jericho is a grubby Jordanian town, 17 miles northeast of Jerusalem, built among the heaped remains of many earlier Jerichos. Archaeologists burrow into the ruins with insatiable...

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