>The Kuttamuwa Stele

Photo: The Kuttamuwa Stele, a funerary monument discovered in southeastern Turkey.

: Photo by Eudora Struble, University of Chicago (via Science Daily).

According to a report published in Science Daily, archaeologists digging at Zincirli, the site of the ancient city of Sam’al in southeastern Turkey, uncovered an Iron Age chiseled stone slab that provides evidence that people in the region believed that the soul was separate from the body. The excavation was led by David Schloen, Associate Professor at the Oriental Institute and Director of the University’s Neubauer Expedition to Zincirli.

Schloen will present his findings during the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research on Nov. 22 in Boston.

For more details about the Kuttamuwa stele and its significance, visit the web page of Science Daily.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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