CULTIC COMPLEXITY. Part of the Iron Age public complex at Abel Beth Maacah seems to have been devoted to ritual activity. One of the north rooms in the late 11th- to early 10th-century B.C.E. (late Iron Age I) structure contains benches, a stone offering table, a cult stand, masseboth (standing stones), basins, and a plastered clay installation with a double “sink” on top (see lower middle of the plan). Evidence of ritual activity also appears in the late-tenth- and ninth-century B.C.E. (Iron IIA) stone-paved courtyard, where archaeologists found a jar full of astragali—possibly for a ritual activity (see lower right of the plan). The superimposed plan shows both the Iron Age I and IIA phases in this structure.