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December 26 2012

Archaeologists Find Ancient Temple, Ritual Cache Near Jerusalem


An ancient temple and cache of sacred vessels uncovered by Israeli archaeologists provides rare evidence of rituals held outside Jerusalem about 2,700 years ago, Israel Antiquities Authority said.

The cache includes fragments of chalices and pottery figurines of heads with curling hair as well as harnessed animals. It was found near a large structure with a wide east- facing entrance that conforms to traditional temple construction in the ancient Near East, the Authority said in an e-mailed statement.

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