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Tulul adh-Dhahab

Summary
The Tulul adh-Dhahab (Arabic: تلول الذهب; lit. "the hills of gold") is an archaeological site in Jordan. The site features two neighboring tells, separated by the Zarqa River (the biblical River Jabbok), an affluent of the Jordan River. The two tells are commonly identified with the ancient Israelite cities of Mahanaim and Penuel, mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. The western of the twin tells was populated at least from Late Bronze Age to Late Antiquity, maybe beginning as early as the Neolithic period. After the collapse of the ancient buildings probably by an earthquake in Late Antiquity, the site was abandoned. Maybe because of its name in Arabic, some parts of the western hill are severely damaged due to recent looting. Location The double hills (hence the plural 'Tulūl', proper: dual 'Tellan' rather than the singular 'Tell') are situated in the Zarqa River valley at the opening of the southern Wadi Hajjaj. The two twin-like hills, both of them bearing ruins, are both
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