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Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park.

Bell Caves

Eight hundred bell-shaped pits in the area are remains of ancient quarries, probably dating to the 4th-9th centuries AD. Because this stone was too soft to be used for building, people mined the stone to be burnt for lime and used it in mortar and plaster. The quarry was opened from a one-meter (3.5 ft.) hole in the hard Nari surface above, and then was widened out to create the mine.

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Qiryat Motzkin

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  • Uploaded on March 4, 2013
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    by Nadia Kushnir
    • Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D200
    • Taken on 2013/03/01 14:21:36
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
    • Focal Length: 17.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO250
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
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