The golden calf shrine in Dan. This is the shrine set up when Jeroboam set up a golden calf in Bethel and Dan. The calf stood on the platform in the middle. To the left you can see an outline showing where the altar sat.
A diagram from the book Historical Geography Notebook fro the Jerusalem University College located on Mount Zion in Jerusalem.
c) Golden Calf
These are the stairs leading up to where the golden calf would have sat.
This is the front wall of the platform.
These stones are 2,900 years old. They were set in place by Jeroboam's construction crew. Jeroboam himself was Solomon's building foreman (before he became king of the northern 10 tribes) for all the building activities Solomon engaged in. Jeroboam knew how to build.
These stones are the front of the golden calf platform just to the right of the stairs.
Notice how the cut rock blocks where laid to construct the wall.
This is a steel bar frame showing the size of the altar and the exact location that the altar sat. The altar itself has been dismantled. Possibly during the times of Hezekiah's or Josiah's reforms.
These are the remains of buildings that we walked past as we left the golden calf shrine. The altar and the stairs of the platform are to our backs as we leave.
These two steps lead up to the base of a seat or throne for a city elder or the king in the city gate. Notice the four circular stones with a carved opening for a wooden post that would have supported a canopy over the ruler.
Close up of the circular stone bases for the wooden columns around the throne in the city gate of Dan.
Three stones set up in the city gate served as a memorial or a place to worship deities as travelers arrived at to the city of Dan.
Stone memorial in the city gate with five stones that could have been used as a shrine to worship.
Outside the gates on the right side toward the wall is the enterance into the gates chamber. In the corner on the ground is seen one of the memorial stone shrines. Inside the chamber almost directly below the arrow is the rulers seat in the gate. Then as the visitor would turn and go past the royal seat they would enter the city of Dan. The street can be seen in the top left going into the city.
A diagram of Dan's gates from the Jerusalem University College material.
Toni holds the label showing the border of Lebanon to the left and the border of Syria to the right from a location near Jeroboam's shrine in Dan.
An Israel bunker in Dan near Jeroboam's golden calf shrine looking over the Lebanon and Syria border.
Inside the Israelite bunker on the Lebanon, Syria, Israel border in Dan.
A sleeping loft or bunk in the bunker on the border in Dan.
Galyn coming up out of the Israelite border bunker in the ancient city of Dan that was used in the wars with Lebanon and Syria in 1967, 1973 and for border patrol during times of conflict.