Bronze Age Temple in Jordan

An temple dating to 1500 BC has been found in Jordan which falls into the Late Bronze Age category.

Towering 3 meters above the heads of the excavators, the walls of the temple created four rooms. In the largest room, about 5 by 8 meters in size, was a whitewashed niche with a smooth, dome-shaped standing stone in the center flanked by four smaller stones, two on each side.

The major deity of the region at that time was a god named Il (or El). It is the same word as the Arabic word for God, Allah. To an ancient, Il was the father of the gods, but, stress the excavators, “we do not know for certain who the standing stones represent or the beliefs associated with them. Within the niche and above the stones to the right the excavators found several ceramic vessels, probably containing votive gifts for the gods. [3500-year-old Bronze Age temple discovered in Jordan]