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A question for anyone interested, but in particular those of you with some archaeological experience: What do you think this might be? It is the same object from three different angles.
What about this one?
Or this one, which I assume are three pieces of one archaeological “puzzle”?
the top round one looks like a tabun, an oven.
the second one, a small mikveh. the rest? dunno, too random.
It is somewhat difficult to take a guess without something around them for scale or being able to trace them. The “small mikvah” may be a water/grain trough (AKA manger) for animals. The other might be a place to tie up a horse of donkey, the rest are random, but maybe parts of the larger structure for thng used on a farm.
Are you kidding? A Roman toilet.
…a literary scholar who knows the value of context gives pictures of material objects with no context?
I intended it to be more like a riddle – not least because the whole site has not been excavated or properly documented and because I didn’t think it safe to connect things which might in fact reflect use and reuse of the site at different times. And I also wasn’t confident that my attempt to describe the site would not in fact be misleading rather than helpful. So I was just looking for any abstract impression from people who might have seen something similar before. Or amusing suggestions – those are always good too.
I am sure I saw the remnants of a lead plate with the inscription “Kohler Maximus” on it.
No respectable Roman would want barbarian plumbing.
What some identify as Mikweh is a rock cut gravem thus not Jewish. It even has a sort of cution for the deceased’s head. All the rest – the riddle remains.
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