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Ancient temple unearthed near Jerusalem


Posted on Friday, 28 December, 2012 | Comment icon 10 comments


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Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the remains of an ancient 2,750-year-old Judaean temple.

The find is particularly valuable because so little remains of ritual buildings in the region from this period. The temple was discovered at Tel Motza in the western outskirts of the capital. Ritual pottery vessels, figurines and other artifacts have already been recovered from the ruins. "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 Judea at the time of the First Temple," the excavation directors said in a statement.

It is believed that the evidence found at the site points to the existence of a ritual cult dating back to the beginning of the Judean monarchy. During its prime the temple walls would have been massive, a testament to the traditional temple construction techniques of the time.

"A group of Israeli archaeologists has discovered a 2,750-year-old temple and religious figurines at Tel Motza on the western outskirts of the capital, going back to the Judean period."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by and then on 28 December, 2012, 11:42
Impressive find. It will be interesting to see what artifacts can be recovered. Hopefully the political forces of the region will leave the scientists alone to do their research.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Wearer of Hats on 28 December, 2012, 11:52
awesome stuff
Comment icon #3 Posted by CuriousGreek on 28 December, 2012, 14:41
Archaeological findings always fascinate me!
Comment icon #4 Posted by kwin on 28 December, 2012, 20:32
It fascinates me that 'religions' had this control of resources to be able to erect these monumental facilities at a time when people lived on dirt floors. It's as if organized religion was an emotional knee-jerk response to the cataclysm at the end of the ice age.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Lava_Lady on 29 December, 2012, 6:21
Amazing find, I wonder if anything they find will impact modern religions, ie Christianity. If they do, I'm pretty sure il Popa will have something to say about it... I can't wait to find out!
Comment icon #6 Posted by Paracelse on 29 December, 2012, 6:27
Was that Temple ever mentioned in the bible? I don't particularly recall reading about it? In which case it places a new twist on the book?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Twin on 29 December, 2012, 23:59
This was not a Jewish (religion) temple. the first temple was built by Solomon (David's son) on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Twin on 30 December, 2012, 0:31
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Comment icon #9 Posted by -M7 on 3 January, 2013, 5:22
Wonder what else there is yet be discovered there.
Comment icon #10 Posted by docyabut2 on 3 January, 2013, 11:00
A Greek Temple?


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