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Crusader camp discovered in northern Israel

Crusader camp discovered in northern Israel

Tel Aviv, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) Israeli archaeologists on Monday stressed the importance of the discovery of a 12th century crusader camp in the country's northern region after estimating that it is key to learn the military techniques of the time.
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This is an exceptional opportunity to study a medieval camp and understand its culture, Professor Rafael Lewis, a senior lecturer at Ashkelon Academic College and a researcher at Haifa University, told The Jerusalem Post.

The discovery was made during works to expand Route 79 that connects the coast with Nazareth, in northern Galilee region.

According to historical records, a Christian camp was erected in that area two months before the Battle of Hattin in 1187, and other encampments by both the Crusaders and the Muslims during a period of 125 years, the professor stressed.

Also known as the Battle at the Horns of Hattin, that clash was a crucial confrontation in which the troops by Sultan Saladin crushed forces led by King of Jerusalem, Guy de Lusignan.

The Crusaders were a series of European invasions that occurred from 1067 to 1291 under the pretext of recovering for Christianity the so-called Holy Land, in the Levant, especially Jerusalem, although Muslim sources state that the real objective was to loot the wealth of the region.


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