Excavations at Yavneh, located about 20 kilometers south of Tel Aviv in Israel, which were conducted in one of the smallest imaginable archaeological pits (2m across by 1.5m deep) have revealed a total of 7,000 cult objects dating to the 8th and 9th Centuries BC. Interesting finds include 120 cult stands manufactured to resemble temples, and the fact that a large number of objects contained residue of hallucinogenic substances.


Featured image: Cult stand from Yavneh (Credit: Raz Kletter/ Israel Antiquities Authority)

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