4,000-year-old jug wih a unique statue atop discovered in archeological site in Israel

Human history is filled with different archeological discoveries and some of those truly deserve to be called unique.

During a recent archeological excavation in Israel, archeologists have unearthed a 4,000 year-old jug bearing a statue of a deep-thinker. The ‘thinking man’ appears to be sitting at a surface with head placed on his hand. The weird sculpture on the jug is unlike anything found in the site before.

The discovery of pottery jug was made in the final day of dig at city of Yehud in the suburbes of Tel Aviv. The artifact dates back to what archeologists refer to as Middle Bronze Age.

“It seems they first prepared a pot characteristic of the period, and afterwards they added the unique statue, the likes of which have never before been discovered in previous research,” said archeologist Gilad Itach, who was leading the excavation.

“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.”

The ancient jug is oval-shaped and the sculpture atop it is around 7 inches tall. Researchers believe that the artifact was a funerary object, belonging to a prominent person of ancient community. There have been numerous examples of objects being found buried alongside the deceased.

“It was customary in antiquity to believe that the objects that were interred alongside the individual continued with him into the next world,” said Itach. “To the best of my knowledge such a rich funerary assemblage that also includes such a unique pottery vessel has been discovered in the country.”

The jug was discovered in fragments and had to piece together to restore its original shape. Alongside archeologists from Israel Antiquities Authority, high school students have also participated in the excavation proceedings.


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