2,750-year-old pottery and figurines found near Jerusalem

Published on December 28th, 2012 | by Sevaan Franks

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A cache of ancient pottery and figurines have been found in a temple structure at Tel Motza, just west of Jerusalem.

 

The assemblage includes ritual pottery vessels, with fragments of chalices (bowls on a high base which were used in sacred rituals), decorated ritual pedestals, and a number of pottery figurines of two kinds: the first, small heads in human form (anthropomorphic) with a flat headdress and curling hair; the second, figurines of animals (zoomorphic) – mainly of harnessed animals. The archeologists stress that “the find of the sacred structure together with the accompanying cache of sacred vessels, and especially the significant coastal influence evident in the anthropomorphic figurines, still require extensive research.”

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Story: Israel Antiquities Authority | Photo: Clara Amit, Israel Antiquities Authority

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