8-year-old Itai and his family recently visited one of Israel's biblical sites called Tel Beit Shemesh, which is just southwest of Jerusalem. Itai, who dreams of one day becoming an archeologist, happened to find an archeological treasure while exploring the site with his family: a 3,000-year-old ceramic figurine. Writers at The Times of Israel tell us more about this amazing discovery:
Itai Halperin, 8, of Pardesiya, was walking around the biblical site with his family last week when he picked up a small ceramic object which, upon closer examination, turned out to be a 3,000-year-old head of a figurine, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Wednesday.
The family immediately reported the find to the IAA.
Itai said he recently saw an Indiana Jones film and wanted to grow up to be an archaeologist. The IAA commended Itai and rewarded him by inviting his class to take part in an IAA excavation.
Alon De Groot, an Iron Age specialist with the IAA, identified the find as the head of a fertility goddess statuette.
“Figurines such as these, in the shape of women representing fertility, were common in the homes of the residents of the Judean Kingdom in the 8th century BCE and until the destruction of the kingdom by the Babylonians in the days of Zedekia (in 586 BCE),” De Groot said in a statement.