Archaeologists have uncovered a 2,750-year-old temple near Jerusalem, along with pottery and clay figurines that suggest the site was the home base for a ritual cult, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said Wednesday.
The discovery was made during excavations at the Tel Motza archaeological site, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) west of Jerusalem, during preparations for work on a new section of Israeli’s Highway 1, the agency said in a statement.
“The ritual building at Tel Motza is an unusual and striking find, in light of the fact that there are hardly any remains of ritual buildings of the period in Judaea at the time of the First Temple,” excavation directors Anna Eirikh, Hamoudi Khalaily and Shua Kisilevitz were quoted as saying in the statement.
Not the first Temple, but also evidence that other Temples were in the area? Dang you Josiah… Dang you…
- Davidic-era temple unearthed in dig near Jerusalem (timesofisrael.com)
- 3,000-year-old temple and sacred vessels unearthed near Jerusalem (jta.org)
- New Finds from First Temple Period at Motza (jewishpress.com)
- Archaeologists Find Ancient Temple, Ritual Cache Near Jerusalem – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Ancient Judaean temple found near Jerusalem (rt.com)
- ‘Davidic Era’? Come On Now: The Discovery at Tel Motza (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)