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Kernos from the fill of Iron Age I temple III.1, in area A1East. Three of the original five cups remain, as well as a bull protome; all are connected with the inside of the hollow ring by holes (1050-950 B.C.). Remains of probably two other kernoi were found in the same area. They are the only kernoi at present known from Iron Age I Syria (1050-950 B.C.).




















Fragmentary basalt stele (24x7,8x5), found in 2002. The Aramaic inscription on it mentioned a Haza’el, probably the powerful king of Aram of the late 9th century B.C.


































Some of the pottery ‘funnels’ found around Temple I (Iron Age III). Their function is still unknown, but they were most probably set within the walls of the temple. They measured 20–25 cm, had a diameter of 10–15 cm, a wheel-made body. In some specimens the interior of the flat side up until the edge of the rim is green-glazed; the short vertical projection was attached before firing.



















In the circular plastered silo H1 a figurine of a calf was found (TA.09.A1). It was made of ivory covered by gold foil. This object was originally part of the lid of a pyxis. The style of carving assigns it to the north Syrian ninth century “Flame and Frond” group of ivories (the muscles of the hindquarters are conventionally rendered by a flame-like incision).