Moshe Weinberg, Michal Roche-Ben Ami and Israel Finkelstein

Poised for flight, a piece of gold jewelry in the form of a fly with outstretched wings appeared in a Late Bronze (15th–14th centuries B.C.) debris layer in the northeastern area of the tell. This layer, composed of ashes and stones and containing an amazing quantity of broken pottery vessels and animal bones, accounts for the only evidence for the Late Bronze Age at Shiloh. The isolated Late Bronze Age finds suggest that Shiloh at that time was an unoccupied tell with a cultic place on its summit to which people from the surrounding regions brought offerings.