Biblical Archaeology Review 10:6, November/December 1984

Is the Cultic Installation at Dan Really an Olive Press?

A discussion that started in BAR escalates in the scholarly world

By Suzanne F. Singer

In an article in the September/October 1981 issue of BAR (“The Remarkable Discoveries at Tel Dan,” BAR 07:05), John Laughlin identified an unusual installation at Tel Dan, in northern Israel, as an Israelite cult installation associated with a water libation ceremony. In explaining the installation as having been used in a religious water libation ceremony, Laughlin adopted the interpretation of Tel Dan’s excavator, Avraham Biran.1 The installation is dated to the tenth or ninth century B.C.

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