You saw it, you just didn't know

Many Heartland pilgrims visit Tell el-Mutesellim (Megiddo) during their travels. On the way, they may pass an unmarked ruin-mound by the name of Shush (Abu Shusheh). Tell Shush sits along Hwy 66 between Haifa and Megiddo (near Mishmar Ha'Emeq). No excavated areas are visible, but pottery sherds demonstrate habitation from the Middle Bronze Age to the Ottoman period. How does one find such sites? A good way to start is to look for the prickly pear cactus (genus Opuntia). Arab villages often managed these thorny plants as fences. The villages have been erased but the cacti remain.