– An amazing ancient vessel has been discovered together with daggers, an axe head and arrowheads in the city of Yehud, Israel.
This small artifact, only 18 cm high is 3,800-year.old and was found with the help of high school students.
An Israel Antiquities Authority archaeological team was conducting excavations prior to the construction of residential buildings. At the site, researchers discovered evidence of human habitation going back some 6,000 years.
Of all items unearthed the most impressive one is a 3,800-year old sculpture ornamenting a ceramic jug.
Along with the jug and sculpture piece, an axe and arrowheads were also found.“It literally happened on the last day of the excavation when right in front of our eyes and those of the excited students an unusual ceramic vessel,” he said.
While the jug, said Itach, “is typical of the period” the sculpture, in the shape of a man, was “unique… the likes of which have never before been discovered in previous research.”
“The level of precision and attention to detail in creating this almost 4,000 year old sculpture is extremely impressive.
The neck of the jug served as a base for forming the upper portion of the figure, after which the arms, legs and a face were added to the sculpture. One can see that the face of the figure seems to be resting on its hand as if in a state of reflection”, Itach added,
“It is unclear if the figure was made by the potter who prepared the jug or by another craftsman”.
The archaeological excavation was part of the new training course offered by the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Ministry of Education, which seeks to connect them with the past and help prepare the archaeologists of the future.The discovery caused great excitement among all participating students.