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Ancient temple, figurines found near Jerusalem

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Excavators at the Tel Motza archaeological site have unearthed a temple structure and a series of figurines of horses and men considered to be 2,750 years old.

The little statues provide rare evidence of ritual idolatry in the Jerusalem region.

Archaeologist Anna Arlich explains why the discoveries are so unique: “Here, we’re talking about 10th, 9th century B.C. and we have little, very little evidence of any cultic activities from Judea kingdom. We have maybe two, three other places but we didn’t find any temple from 10th or 9th century.”

Tel Motza, located near the main road between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, is the site of several ancient discoveries including a public building, a large structure of store houses and several silos.