Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Ancient horse figurines found in Israel

EQUINE ARTIFACTS: Heavy Rains Unearth Ancient Horse Figurines in Northern Israel (David Israel, The Jewish Press).
The heavy rains of the past month have revealed two beautiful clay figurines of horses in northern Israel. The figurines were found by different citizens: one— from the time of the Kingdom of Israel (about 2,800 years old)—was found in the area of ​​Kfar Ruppin in the Beit Shean Valley; the other—dated to the Hellenistic period, some 2,200 years ago—near Tel Akko.

The figurines were handed over to the Israel Antiquities Authority, which will honor their finders with a certificate of good citizenship.

HT reader Yoel. Besides the heavy rain, porcupines or foxes may have contributed again with faunal-assisted archaeology.

As noted here, I found a horse figurine (well, the front half of one) at the Tel Dor excavation in the mid-1980s.

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