Beersheba: horned altar

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As one enters the site today the first stones that one notices are not ancient, but a reconstructed large sandstone horned altar. The stones on which the reconstruction is based were found in the walls of the storehouses from stratum II. Since most of the stone used in these buildings was limestone the excavators noticed the anomalous blocks. Eventually it turned out that three of them had projections (like the "horns" of a horned altar) and a fourth looked as if a horn could have been chipped off. One of these stones had a serpent deeply cut into its surface. Other, similar stones were found in the repairs made to the glacis in this stratum.



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