Spring Hill

General view of the Spring Hill, where the royal palace and temple of the Canaanite city stood; in the background is the oasis of Jericho.

Located about five miles northwest of the Dead Sea in the Jordan Rift Valley, Jericho is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the entire ancient Near East.


A region notable for its early ancient civilizations, geographically encompassing the modern Middle East, Egypt, and modern Turkey.

The deep valley, with modern Israel and the West Bank on one side and Jordan on the other, through which the Jordan River flows. The valley contains the Dead Sea, the surface of which is the lowest elevation on earth. The Jordan Rift Valley is a continuation of the Great Rift Valley of Africa.

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