Avraham Biran and Zev Radovan/© Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

An archaeologist’s treasure— a four-line inscription containing the name Dan—was uncovered in the sacred area. Not only does the ten- by six-inch tablet confine the identity of the site, but it is also evidence that the area was a sacred site as late as the third–second century B.C., the date of the tablet. The inscription, three lines in Greek and the bottom line in Aramaic, refers to a person “Zoilos” who made a vow to the “god who is in Dan” or, an alternative reading, to the “god of the Danites.” The Greek word for Dan appears as DAN in the second row.