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Assyrian Gallery: Urartu and Stratigraphy
In the center of this alcove are objects from ancient Israel and Palestine, some of which were excavated by the Oriental Institute at Megiddo. One of the most popular exhibits in this case is a fragment of one of the Dead Sea Scrolls and a tall pottery jar which was used to store the scrolls in the caves at Qumran. To the left of the jar is a limestone ossuary (box for bones) from about the time of Christ. A demonstration of the importance of stratigraphy in archaeology is shown on the left wall, illustrated by objects from the Oriental Institute's excavations at Megiddo. On the opposite wall are bronzes from the ancient kingdom of Urartu (9th century B.C.). The "horned altar" from Megiddo (between the Urartian bronzes and the free-standing case) dates to about the time of king Solomon (10th century B.C.). It was probably used for the dedication of food or incense offerings.
Revised: February 19, 2007