Archaeologists unearth over 100 ancient Israeli cult sites

February 11, 2015 4:23 PM

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Researchers aren't entirely sure what went on at these ancient sites. Bones found among the stone sculptures suggests animal sacrifice was likely one of the included activities. The sites were found scattered throughout Israel's Eilat Mountains, but most of the concentrations of artifacts were found located on patches of flat ground where people could have gathered.

"Their position on topographic 'shoulders' or comparatively flat locations probably enabled several dozens of people to gather around them, for example, an extended family," the archaeologists wrote in their latest paper on the findings -- published in the journal of the Israeli Prehistoric Society.

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