The Live Science site reports that a temple dating to the 11th century B.C. has been found near Jerusalem, and that excavators have uncovered evidence of conflict among the ancient Israelites, Canaanites and Philistines.
Spread across what would have been the floor at the complex at Tel Beth-Shemesh, an ancient village about 12 miles (20 kilometers) west of Jerusalem, excavators found shards of painted chalices and goblets — not the type of containers that would have been used for daily household activities. They also found animal bones surrounding a flat stone inside the building and discovered two more flat stones seemingly designed to direct liquids. Lacking the typical traces of domestic use, the excavators believe the building served as a place of worship that was possibly connected to an Israelite cult.
But the complex didn’t stay holy for long.