Thursday, July 28, 2011

Updates on the Horned Altar of Gath

In the cleaning of pottery found in the vicinity of the horned altar of Gath, archaeologists have discovered an inscription. Aren Maeir reports that several letters written in ink have been identified, including a mem (“m”).

Maeir has also posted a three-minute video about the two-horned altar in which he describes the context of the find, the date of its destruction, and the significance of the object.

The altar has now been removed from the site and is in the lab at Bar-Ilan University.

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3 Comments:

  • Two horns seem counter intuitive. Just looking at the video, the untrained eye would ask "who knocked the other two horns off, and have they been found?" Are there other examples of similar, asymmetric, two-horned altars?

    By Blogger msisson, at Fri Jul 29, 09:05:00 AM  

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    By Blogger A.D. Riddle, at Sat Jul 30, 12:17:00 PM  

  • In the Bronze Age Aegean, there are examples and depictions of altars topped with two horns known as "Horns of Consecration." You can see a photo of one here.

    By Blogger A.D. Riddle, at Sat Jul 30, 12:20:00 PM  

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