G. Laron

Disfigured deities and mutilated rulers leave no doubt that Canaanite Hazor was destroyed intentionally rather than by a natural disaster or accidental fire. Cutting the heads and hands off of almost all statues sent a clear message that the old rulers and their gods were now powerless and obsolete. This locally made ivory head of an Egyptian king (blackened by the fire that destroyed the palace) was among the casualties of the city’s destruction, making it unlikely that Egyptians destroyed Hazor.