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Grasp the horns of the altar

The discovery of several elaborate four-horned altars in the excavation of Tel Rehov, under the direction of Prof. Amihai Mazar, came as something of a surprise. Very similar objects are well known in Late Bronze Age contexts much further north and their presence, complete with nude female figurines and incised palm trees, in a 10th century BCE context in the Beth Shean Valley is a unique and thought-provoking phenomenon. Such cult stands, along with many other aspects of the material culture of the site, will play a role in the interpretation of who were the inhabitants of this major Iron Age IIA city.

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