Jerusalem, November 27, 2016: A unique 3,800-year-old ceramic vessel has been unearthed by the archaeologists which bears the sculpture of a pensive-looking person in the Israeli city of Yehud.
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Researchers said, “The vessel was discovered together with daggers, an axe head and arrowheads that were apparently buried as funerary offerings for one of the respected members of the ancient settlement.”
Gilad Itach, excavation director at Israel Antiquities Authority said, “It seems that at first the jug, which is typical of the period, was prepared, and afterwards the unique sculpture was added, the likes of which have never before been discovered in previous research.”
The ceramic vessel is 18 centimetres high and the face of the figure on the vessel seems to be resting on its hand as if in a state of reflection.
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“The level of precision and attention to detail in creating this almost 4,000-year-old sculpture is extremely impressive,” Itach said.
“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,” he said.
It is unclear whether the figure was made by the potter who made the vessel or it was by another craftsman.
In addition to the unique pottery vessel, other vessels and items such as daggers, an axe head, arrowheads, sheep bones and they are very likely the bones of a donkey.
A variety of evidence of the type of life that existed there 6,000 years ago was also exposed.
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According to PTI, “Among other things, pits and shafts were unveiled that contained thousands of fragments of pottery vessels, hundreds of flint and basalt implements, animal bones, and a churn which is a unique vessel that was widely used in the Chalcolithic period for making butter.”
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