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Archaeologists unearth 3,800-year-old Ceramic Vessel bearing Sculpture of a pensive-looking person in Israel

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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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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Israeli Archaeologists Discover 2,000-year-old Stone Factory in Galilee

This factory is known to produce vessels similar to the one Jesus Christ used to turn water into wine

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Stone vessels used by Jews in Israel during Roman period. Wikimedia
  • This factory produced vessels similar to the ones Jesus Christ used to turn water into wine
  • During the Roman period, vessels were made of ceramics
  • Galilee is known for the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus Christ is said to have walked on water

Tel Aviv, August 11, 2017: Israeli archaeologists have discovered a 2,000-year-old stone factory in Galilee that produced vessels similar to the one Jesus Christ used to turn water into wine.

Excavations began after the site was discovered during construction work for a municipal sports centre, reports Efe news.

“The fact that Jews at this time used stone vessels for religious reasons is well attested in the Talmudic sources and in the New Testament as well,” Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Yardenna Alexandre said on Thursday.

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During the Roman period, vessels were made of ceramics: a material Jews considered impure and inappropriate for purification rituals because it is breakable, so they opted instead to use stone.

“It is possible that large stone containers of the type mentioned in the wedding at Cana of Galilee story may have been produced locally in Galilee,” Alexandre said.

“Our excavations are highlighting the pivotal role of ritual purity observance – not only in Jerusalem, but in the far-off Galilee as well,” excavation director Yonatan Adler said.

Galilee is a fertile, mountainous region in northern Israel. It is known for the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus Christ is said to have walked on water. (IANS)