Bob Bates

The ‘Aṭaruz Temple, a ninth-century B.C.E. Moabite temple, has been uncovered at Khirbat ‘Aṭaruz, a site identified with Biblical Ataroth and located in Jordan about 7 miles east of the Dead Sea. Many cultic artifacts were found in this Iron Age temple, including a ceramic bull statue (shown here) and a terracotta shrine model—both of which date to the ninth century B.C.E. The bull statue was uncovered in the temple’s central courtyard.