The Israeli Antiquities Authority found evidence of religious practices dating to King David and the Kingdom of Judah in Tel Motza, west of Jerusalem, reported The Times of Israel. The relics include those from a ritual building from the time of the First Temple and 2,750-year-old pottery figurines of men and horses, offering evidence of a ritual cult, according to the Dec. 27 report. King Solomon built Jerusalem's First Temple around the 10th century, B.C. The find is considered a rarity because Judaism abolished many ritual sites so the temple in Jerusalem could consolidate its power, according to a separate report in the Jerusalem Post.
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