Researchers Found Iron Age Temple in Jordan

A 3,000 year old temple, from Jordan’s Iron Age, namely the period of the biblical kingdom of Moab, was discovered during some archaeological excavations in Jordan, said Department of antiquity in this country.

A team of archaeologists from the Department of Antiquity of Jordan and the University of La Sierra (USA) discovered last month in Amman temple near Madaba, a town situated about 38 kilometers south of Amman.

The temple dates from the period 1200-539 BC, according to a release, has three floors, a sanctuary with several lodges and an open courtyard. It is “the largest and most complex ever discovered temple in the region, archaeologists indicate that more than 300 objects unearthed Moab, including a figure representing an animal with four legs – the god Hadad.

Four altars were discovered and a building that are indicative of religions practiced in the area. “One of the altars gate influential Egyptian and Assyrian art, which indicate possible contacts between inhabitants and neighboring civilizations,” the statement.

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Posted by S.Keslar on Sep 3 2010. Filed under Travel. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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