A path leads up through a Solomonic gateway overlooking the excavations of the Oriental Institute.
A solid circular stone structure has been interpreted as an altar or a high place from the Canaanite period.
Excavations have unearthed 26 layers of ruins, indicating a long period of settlement.
Megiddo is known for its historical, geographical, and theological importance, especially under its Greek name Armageddon.It guarded the western branch of a narrow pass on the most important trade route of the ancient Fertile Crescent, linking Egypt with Mesopotamia and Asia Minor and known today as Via Maris.Because of its strategic location, Megiddo was the site of several historical battles.Today, Megiddo Junction is on the main road connecting the center of Israel with lower Galilee and the north.It lies at the northern entrance to Wadi Ara, an important mountain pass connecting the Jezreel Valley with Israel's coastal plain.The site is now protected as Megiddo National Park and is a World Heritage Site.Megiddo was a site of great importance in the ancient world.Techniques used were rudimentary by later standards and Schumacher's field notes and records were destroyed in World War I before being published. Today excavators limit themselves to a square or a trench on the basis that they must leave something for future archaeologists with better techniques and methods.After the war, Carl Watzinger published the remaining available data from the dig. During these excavations it was discovered that there were around 8 levels of habitation, and many of the uncovered remains are preserved at the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem and the Oriental Institute of Chicago.In 2010, the Jezreel Valley Regional Project, directed by Matthew J.Adams of Bucknell University in cooperation with the Megiddo Expedition, undertook excavations of the eastern extension of the Early Bronze Age town of Megiddo, at the site known as Tel Megiddo (East).