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During the course of the 1976 excavations at Tell Hesban, from out of a loose soil layer off the Area B.7 staircase, came to light the key artistic find of the season—a bone carving depicting the "Prometheus Bound" myth. The importance of such a carving is not immediately evident, for it requires analysis in order to determine its implications in relation to Heshbon as a major city in the ancient world. The results of a stylistic analysis of the Prometheus plaque will be not only to deliver further support to the pottery dating of this locus (Early Byzantine, A.D. 324- 450), but also to designate a center of manufacture and tentatively suggest possible trade between Heshbon and Egypt (see P1. XIX:B).