Like something out of an ‘Indiana Jones’ movie, archaeologists from Israel have uncovered an ancient 52ft x 52ft sized structure they believe goes back some 3,300 years.
The findings were released during the EAA (European Association of Archaeologists) annual meeting.
The structure is speculated at being some sort of sacrificial location for a cult that worshiped the ancient Canaanite god, Baal. Artifacts found at the site as well as their positions lend credence to this theory. Several masks, and large jars were found as well as conjoined cups of three cups each. The jars have smaller vessels inside and they were found on the outside of the structure suggesting they were left there as offerings or tithes. Called ‘pithoi’, the large jars lend validation of the theory that they came from Cyprus because of their designs. Also found were chalices, a goblet, and a broken figurine.
The discover took place at Tel Burna, Israel.
The three cup artifacts are suspected of coming from Cyprus. The rest of the structure is being meticulously examined for further data to unravel the mysteries it still holds.
This find is important as it opens a possible window into the world of the people at that time. What they believed and perhaps whom they traded with and were influenced by. Not only that but the jars from Greece prove more of the interaction between the two cultures at the time and how important they were to each other. As further excavation goes on, more artifacts are bound to be discovered and they’ll paint an even broader picture as to what the complex was used for. It could be that it was established on an older religious order and rituals. We just don’t know as of yet, but with the specialists on hand we’ll soon find out more of this archaeological phenom.