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In a field at the Lachish region, close to Highway 6 and The Israel Trail, between Lachish and Ahuzam.
Woke up on Sukkot morning and dad asked if I had plans for today. We decided to check the hash for today and found it was reachable, so got to the car and planned to drive to Lachish, and see if The Israel Trail is drive-able at this area. If not than maybe we could walk it, though it should be a pretty long and bland walk.
We drove south to the area, and manged to find a drive-able path connecting with the walking trail. Good thing we did as well, as we got there mid-day, and temperatures were around 40 degrees Celsius. After driving a while between the vines and fields (dessert agriculture!), the coordinates seemed close enough, so we veered to a tractor trail in an empty field and I tried to decide where should we stop the car based on the GPS signal. We found a tree where we could park the car in the shade, and than followed the coordinates until we were at the exact spot, that had absolutely nothing on it, so I added an XKCD marker there to make it a little less of a nothing.
On the way back to the main road we also had a chance to taste grapes right from the vineyard (much sweeter than regular grapes), and climb up to Tel Lachish, a surprisingly impressive archaeological site of a settlement that existed there on and of from 4th millennium BC to the late Hellenistic area (1st century BC), that somehow manged to stay pretty unknown compared to other, less impressive sights. It has been a Canaanite settlement, was under Egyptian influence, destroyed by Sea Peoples or Israelites, rebuilt to become the second biggest city in the kingdom of Judah, hit by a big earthquake, was under sages by Assyria and Babylon, served as a regional capitol in the Persian Empire, finally declining as part of the Empire established by Alexander the Great. And we found some well preserved shards, but decided not to take them home.
Before returning home we also visited modern Lachish itself, though it was nothing special, and found a great restaurant at Kibbutz Gat.