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Archaeologists excavating at the Iron Age site of Tell Tayinat in southern Turkey have unearthed a 4-foot-tall statue of a roaring lion. The newly excavated lion is one of several to have been discovered at the site over the years. (Below is a pair of lions excavated at Tayinat nearly 80 years ago.) The lion dates to the eighth century B.C.E., when Tayinat was the capital of a small independent kingdom, possibly called Palastin. According to reports, the lion may have come from one of Tayinat’s main temples.*
* For more on the temples at Tayinat, see Victor Hurowitz, “Solomon’s Temple in Context,” BAR, March/April 2011.
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