An ancient bronze shovel and jug tied to the avodah of the Second Bais Hamikdosh were discovered in archaeological excavations at Magdala, an important Jewish town dating back to the period of Roman antiquity, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced yesterday. reports Michael Zeff for TPS.
During an ongoing excavation project, a group of volunteers from Chile discovered an ornate bronze incense shovel and a matching bronze jug believed to have stored incense or coals for the avodah.
“The incense shovel that was found is one of ten others that are known in the country from the Second Temple period,” Dina Avshalom-Gorni, the Chief archaeologist on behalf of the IAA, told Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “From early research it is thought that the incense shovel was only used for ritual purposes, for the embers and incense that were burnt in ritual ceremonies.”