Tel Aviv [Israel]June 17 (ANI/TPS): A 74-year-old woman who found a 3,000-year-old statue of an Egyptian goddess while walking on Palmahim Beach, south of Tel Aviv, Israel handed it over to the Israel Antiquities Administration Bureau archaeologists, as a token of gratitude.
Lydia Marner, a Rhode Island resident and immigrant from Azerbaijan, said she and her husband noticed an object emerging from the ocean “about a month ago” on a stormy day. Knowing she had found something important, Marner reached out to friends who knew archeology, and then contacted the Antiquities Authority through its Facebook page. Inspectors Dror Citron and Idan Horn were sent to examine the ancient statue. Authorities announced the discovery on Tuesday after reading and cleaning the figurine.
“I can’t believe I won. At first, my husband laughed at me, but today the whole family knows the amazing story that happened to me. I’m glad the right to find it fell to me,” Mana said.
The authority confirmed that the statue represents Hathor, an Egyptian goddess associated with fertility, strength, protection and wisdom.
According to Antiquities Authority Bronze Age expert Dr. Amir Golani, “The Canaanites used to adopt the rituals and religious practices of the Egyptians who ruled our area at the time. Like houses today, you can find them in the One installs a mezuzah or hangs a picture of a saint on the wall, and then it is customary for them to place a sacrificial statue in the center of the house for good luck and protection from bad things.”
He explained that the figurine was made of clay and then embedded in a stone pattern, a process that allowed many of these figurines to be produced quickly.
“It’s Ella Hathor, as you can tell from her hairstyle that mimics the horns of a bull, and the protruding eyes and ears that were designed just for her,” Golani said.
Marner’s discovery coincides with the launch of the Antiquities Authority’s “Click to Return” campaign, which aims to encourage Israelis with artifacts in their homes to turn them in to the state.
There is a legal obligation to report any accidental discovery of antiquities to the Antiquities Authority. (ANI/TPS)
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