Amihai Mazar and Nava Panitz-Cohen

A VIOLENT END, NOW RESTORED. This altar had been deliberately smashed to pieces and tossed onto a rubbish heap. It may have been destroyed by invaders intent on crushing holy sites as a means of subjugating the local people. Ninth-century Rehov met a violent end during Israel’s wars with Hazael and the Aramean kingdom of Damascus between 840 and 830 B.C.E. The parapet and horns of the altar have never been found.