6-year-old boy finds Bronze Age clay object in Israel

Hyperaxion Jun 3, 2020

According to archaeologists, the object is about 3,500 years old, made by Canaanites, and portrays the power of a ruler over his enemies.

In Israel, Imri Elya, a six-year-old boy found a 3,500-year-old clay object while wandering around an archaeological site with his family. The discovery, which took place in March, was sent for investigation and, according to experts, was from the time that the Canaanites inhabited the region.

6-year-old boy finds Bronze Age clay object in Israel
(Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority).

According to a statement published in May, archaeologists were surprised to realize that this was a rare and unique finding and that it went unnoticed in the excavations. The small 2.8 x 2.8 cm object has two engraved figures representing the scene of a man leading a captive. The officer is wearing a skirt and holding the prisoner completely naked, with his hands crossed and tied behind his back.

Drawing parallels between the world of Egyptian art and local Canaanite art, researchers estimate that the artifact must be dated to the Bronze Age (between the 12th and 15th centuries BCE). The violence portrayed in the object raises interesting questions about the historical context of this piece of art. During the period mentioned, the Egyptian Empire ruled Canaan and it is known that there were internal struggles and conflicts of control between the Canaanite cities.

(Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority).

“The scene depicted on the tablet is taken from descriptions of victory parades; hence the tablet should be identified as a story depicting the ruler’s power over his enemies,” archaeologists Saar Ganor, Itamar Weissbein, and Oren Shmueli said in a statement. “This opens a visual window to understanding the struggle for dominance in the south of the country during the Canaanite period.”

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