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Moladah [1]

Khurbet el-Milh, the probable representative of this locality, is seven miles and three quarters southwest of Tell Araad, and thirteen and a quarter, east of Beersheba. It is briefly described in the Memoirs accompanying the Ordnance Survey (3:415), and more fully by Tristram, Bible Places (page 19), as follows:

"The two wells are in the shallow valley, very finely built of marble, about seventy feet deep, their sides scored with the ropes of the water-drawers of many centuries. The ground around is strewn with records of the Roman occupation. Fragments of shafts and capitals, probably the support of roofs that covered the wells, and eight large marble water-troughs, lie around the mouths. There are traces of pavement. Just to the south of the wells stands a small isolated 'tell' or hill, covered with ruins, and now used as a burying- ground of the Dhunlam tribe. This hill was the fortress of the city below, spoken of by Josephus; and we could :clearly trace the circuit of the wall that once surrounded it, nearly square in shape, and still in places three or four feet high. The traces of buildings and fragments of walls cover an extensive area both south and north of the citadel: and near its foot, on the south-east, are the outlines of a building, probably a Byzantine church. The other ruins seem to belong to an earlier and ruder period, and are perhaps the remains of the town of Simeon."