PHOTOS BY CLARA AMIT, ISRAEL ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY
GOD HEAD? Archaeologists recovered the head of a male clay figurine from a tenth-century B.C.E. building at Khirbet Qeiyafa. Measuring about 2 inches tall, the head has prominent eyes, ears, a nose, and a flat top encircled by holes, potentially signifying a headdress. The figurine’s eyes and ears have been punctured, creating the eyes’ irises and ear piercings—possibly for earrings. As the only figurine uncovered from Qeiyafa during this time period, the figurine is undoubtedly significant and may represent a male god. Given its location within Judah, it may even denote the Israelite God, Yahweh.