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Nearly 10,000-year-old statues found near Jerusalem

A recent archaeological dig undertaken by the Israel Antiquities Authority at the Tel Motza Site has uncovered two figurines dating back to the Stone Age (specifically the Neolithic Era)

The 9,000-9,500 year old figurines were found near a large circular structure built from rocks and mud bricks. The dig was conducted in light of the National Roads Authority's plan to renew Highway 1 to Jerusalem.

The first figurine, made of limestone and measuring 15 cm depicts a ram with winding horns. The craftsmanship is extraordinary; the animal's organs are in accurate proportion.

The second figurine, more abstract in appearance is from Dolomite stone and seems to portray a large animal with horns. The horns emerge sideways from the center of the head resembling wild cattle or Buffalo

According to the dig's managers Dr Anna Einriech and Dr Hamoudi Chalialli of the Israel Antiquities Authority

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Added: Sep-13-2012 Occurred On: Sep-13-2012
By: aydeo
Other Middle East, History
Tags: 10, 000-year-old statues, Stone age, Archaeological dig, Jerusalem
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