Associated with these bedrock-cut pits is a baetyl , or standing stone, a miniature version of the baetyl from Palaepaphos.
One of the tasks undertaken by the American team this year was to excavate this unusual baetyl in a pit.
When pictured on ancient coins usually as a single stone resting upon an altar (sometimes shaded by two curved parasols that reiterate the shape), the resulting form, baetyl
on altar, is not unlike that of an arcuated Christian ciborium atop an altar.
This reasoning also holds for the similar display of pre-Christian Syrian baetyls
U-po-jo-po-ti-ni-ja and the Cult of Baetyls
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