Archaeologists announced the discovery at Tel Lachish of an ancient Judahite shrine dating to around the time of King Hezekiah. The shrine had been desecrated, which may relate to biblical accounts of Hezekiah’s religious purge against idols and “high places.” These finds include a toilet, which relates to another Bible account. More on that in a moment.
Toilet seat from the 701 BC destruction of Lachish by the Assyrian king Sennacherib. It was set up in a desecrated temple shrine in the Lachish gate. (Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority)
Excavators discovered the temple shrine in the inner gate of Lachish III, the city level destroyed by the Assyrian king Sennacherib in 701 BC during the reign of Hezekiah. The Israel Antiquities Authority’s press release has a good description and is worth reading in full. Here are a few highlights:
- This gate is the largest one known in the country from the First Temple period.
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