The first room on the right (top photo), had carvings that are typicall to an olive press. The second room had also grooves in the floor, but Eli suggested that these may have been collecting other types of liquids – Animal’s blood in his opinion. The fourth room had also mysterious “L” shape carvings in the floor (second photo), and Eli suggested it was for holding a tripod on which animals were skinned after slaughtered in the second room.
However it is he third room that bears the biggest mystery. Eli had a special key to open the metal frame protecting its corner, and as he opened it, a standing stone (Stela מצבהׁׁ) held in a square frame appeared. I was stunned by this.. What does all of this mean? and from which period is it?
Eli argues that although it can only be said with certainty that the comlex went out of use in the 8th Century BCE, it could have been used already by the Canaanites. He does not rule out the possibility that the cultic center was in use already in the time of King Malchizedek “king of Salem” who was “priest of God Most High” (Genesis 14:18). While hard to say if this religious complex really relates to the legendary figure of Malchizedek, I do agree with Eli that the cultic complex probably went out of use as a result of the religious reforms of King Hezekiah, as recoded in II Kings 18:22.