The Archaeological Mystery of Tel Kedesh

In 2008, while excavating an ancient building in the archaeological site of Tel Kedesh, near the modern-day border of Israel and Lebanon, a team of archaeologists found a mysterious collection of personal objects that had been buried under a paving stone sometime in the second half of the second century BCE: a terra cotta figurine of Eros (better known in the Anglophone world by his Roman name, Cupid), twenty-three glass game pieces, two metal writing implements, and a fancy bone hairpin.

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