Let's continue our discussion from the previous post and look at a different example of a shomera.
Thanks to Vogon Poet who found photos of similar structures in Italy, where they call it caciara.
But VP's is beautifully built and preserved!
He has seen them in the Italian countryside.
Two friends from Arkansas.
The spring down in the valley next to our hill, the shomerot, and the canyon-like wadi are must-sees for visitors.
He says, "Some of those are leftovers from the Iron I original settlement of the Hill Country....a great legacy."
And Dr. M knows. He teaches Biblical things like this in a Texas college.
Iron Age I was over 3,000 years ago!
I think this can be called a corbeled vault, defined as "a masonry roof constructed from opposite walls, or from a circular base, by shifting courses slightly and regularly inward until they meet."
That meant gathering the stones from the rocky ground and using them to build terrace walls and shomerot.
The patches of cleared flat land that were created became the farm fields.
In the days of the First and Second Temples thousands of pilgrims came up to Jerusalem at least three times a year, and they had to be fed!