It is likely that the fortress was build some 3,200 years ago to protect the local Caanites inhabitants from foreign incursions, possibly from the Philistines.
The seal impressions – known among experts with the Latin term bullae – were usually made of clay and used to sign documents or containers.
Egalitarian prayer platform next to the wall has been closed for 20 months due to surveying, and repairs at the site
Recent archaeological discoveries ‘fundamentally changed’ understanding of Judean religious customs.
The artifact was spotted by chance by an Israeli veterinarian swimming off the shores of Atlit, south of Haifa.
"I immediately recognized that it was something ancient," the seventh-grader from Caesarea said.
The find will change everything scholars know about the urbanization process in the Land of Israel.
The finds were dated to the late Roman-early Byzantine period (third to fourth centuries CE), fascinating for the social flux which occurred then.
In addition, during the excavation a prayer book survived the Holocaust, hundreds of coins from the 16th to 20th centuries and buttons of Napoleon's army, which passed through Vilna.