Experts are discovering jewelry, early writings, and other artifacts from the Bronze Age temple.
The dig was part of an excavation project undertaken by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology and the Southern Adventist University in Tennessee.
"This excavation has been breath-taking,” Professor Yosef Garfinkel from Hebrew University shares with the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “What we found sheds new light on ancient life in the region. It would be hard to overstate the importance of these findings.”
The temple discovered is in Lachish, a Canaanite city during the Bronze Age.
Archeologists found jewelry, pottery, and the first known recording of the Hebrew letter “samek.” This was an important discovery for archeologists because it helps them discover a timeline of the language's evolution.
The temple was built around 1800 BCE and destroyed in 1550 BCE by Egyptians was rebuilt and destroyed twice afterwards, falling permanently in 1150 BCE.
The temple has two columns and two towers leading in the main hall. It is square and has what the group calls "standing stones" to possibly represent temple gods.