Yields Iron Age Temple
documents Moabite worship, officials say
with reporting by Taylor Luck, The Jordan Times
SACRED IMAGE: A statue of the Moabite bull-shaped deity Hadad as discovered at the Ataruz dig by Chang Ho Ji of La Sierra University in Riverside, California.“This temple is much bigger than anyone ever expected. I may need to spend two or three more seasons of fieldwork to excavate the courtyard, to see what took place there,” said Chang Ho Ji, professor and chair of the Counseling and School Psychology Department and a collaborating faculty member in the History Department of La Sierra University, a Seventh-day Adventist school in Riverside, California.
MAIN SANCTUARY: Ruins of the main sanctuary of what Jordanian antiquities officials say is a Moabite temple found by an archaeologist from Adventist-owned La Sierra University at a dig near Ataruz, about 31 miles (50 km.) south of Amman. The ruins and antiquities found there may confirm aspects of Bible history.Although historical documents frequently refer to the Iron Age kingdoms east of the river Jordan, Saad pointed out that the Khirbet Ataruz findings mark the first time experts have archaeological evidence to back up theories of the civilization’s scientific, cultural, and economic sophistication.