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The Podium Complex connects the lower and the upper city of the Cannanite Hazor (Israel) during the Late Bronze Age (14th-13th Century B.C.E.) and is located at the northern slope of the tell, this complex serves as a threshold between buildings or areas of the city.
The complex is made with basalt slabs, in some cases reused, the podium it self is made of a basalt slab (1.65 x 1.65) of about one ton of weight. Four round indentations were drilled on the surface of the podium, arranged in a 50 x 50 cm square, probably to set some kind of chair or for a statue.
In the complex were found about 25 double-handed “scoops”, a type of bowl probably used for libation and ablution rituals conducted in this spaces.
For further reading about the Hazor Podium Complex: Cimadevilla, Manuel; The Podium Complex in Area M; Near Eastern Archaeology, Vol. 76, No. 2 (June 2013), pp. 92-94 http://dx.doi.org/10.5615/neareastarch.76.2.0092
For more information about Hazor Excavations: http://www.hazor-excavations.org/