Digging in a Temple

Today in the news there have been articles about a Canaanite Temple that was found at Lachish in Israel. Below is a link to an article in Arutz Sheva.

3,000-year-old Canaanite temple discovered in southern Israel

Several years ago I spent a couple of weeks digging in the temple that was found.

It is really cool to see something in the news that you have been part of.

Lachish, Tel Lachish, Late Bronze Canaanite Temple, Archaeology, InscriptionThe dig covered a pretty large area and you can see that there was a lot of structure being found just below the surface.

Square, Archaeology, Tel Lachish, Bronze Age, TempleHere was the square I was working in three years ago. This area was just outside the temple, but we found things that were related to the temple in our area.

Semetic Inscription, Canaanite Inscription, Tel Lachish, Yosi GarfinkelThe article also talks about an inscription that had ancient Canaanite script, including the earliest instance of one of the letters.

Lachish canaanite temple, archaeologyHere are the excavations from when I was there three years ago. It was further expanded the following year.Diagram of Lachish Caananite TempleThe news articles came after the release of a paper, about the temple,  last month in the journal Levant.

The paper is very detailed and includes a lot of pictures and drawings. The drawing above is by J. Rosenberg. It is always fascinating to watch him work when he has visited the sites where I have worked. His drawing is very detailed and he does a lot of work taking measurements to make sure all the objects are placed properly. Just seeing the drawing above brings back memories of watching him work.

Steven

 

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3 Responses to Digging in a Temple

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  2. Reblogged this on Bijbelvorser = Bible Researcher and commented:
    The world may be thankful for all those who do not mind digging and unearthing lots of stuff, opening a window onto the Canaanite society that inhabited the land during Middle and Late Bronze Ages and shedding new light on ancient life in the Land of Israel.

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