- A 7-year-old Israeli boy stumbles upon a female figurine while on a trip with friends
- The statuette is believed to be around 3,400 years old
- Archaeologists say the figure could be depicting any woman at that time or the fertility goddess Astarte
A 7-year-old boy finds by accident a Canaanite figurine believed to be more than 3,000 years old while on a trip with friends at the archaeological site in Tel Rehov early this week.
Ori Greenhut, who lives with his family in the nearby communal settlement Tel Te’omin in the Beit She’an Valley, stumbled upon the 3,400-year-old female figurine covered in dirt while climbing up a mound with some friends.
Not realizing how precious his find was, he took it home to her mother, Moriya, who in turn brought it to Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) for examination.
“Ori returned home with the impressive figurine and the excitement was great. We explained to him this is an ancient artifact and that archaeological finds belong to the state,” Mrs. Greenhut told CNN.
Archaeologists who examined the minute figurine said it could have come from the Canaanite culture of the 15th–13th centuries BCE.
Amihai Mazar, professor emeritus at the Hebrew University and director of the archeological excavations at Tel Rehov said the figure depicted could be that of “the real flesh and blood of a woman” or the fertility goddess Astarte which is popular among Canaanites at that time. (Click here to read more)