MembersStudents Find 3,800-Year-Old Artifact

High school pupils assisted in uncovering a spectacular pottery vessel dating back nearly four millennia.

By David Lazarus |
A MYSTERIOUS IMAGE survives the ravages of time Photo: : IAA/Maxim IAA - Dinstein und Clara Amit

Topped with the image of a person, it was found in Yehud in central Israel. The vessel was discovered together with daggers, an axe head and arrowheads that were apparently buried at the funeral for one of the respected members of the ancient settlement.

“It literally happened on the last day of the excavation,” said archaeologist Gilad Itach of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) who directed the dig. “Right in front of our eyes, and those of the excited students, an unusual ceramic vessel was exposed atop of which is the image of a person.”

The students are part of the Land of Israel and Archaeology Studies Program, a new high school matriculation course offered by the IAA and Ministry of Education to help train the archaeologists of the future.

“The archaeological excavations provide an opportunity for an intensive and direct experience that connects the pupils with our country’s past,” said Efrat Zilber, coordinator of the program at the Education Ministry. “The pupils meet experts in a...

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