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Rare, Mysterious Ancient Dolmen Discovered in Galilee

The newly exposed Galilee dolmen; stone table, rock The newly exposed Galilee stone table (Photo: Gonen Sharon/Tel Hai College/ASHERNET)

A 4,000-year-old dolmen (a table-like stone structure) was found decorated with ancient art – making this dolmen the first discovered to have artwork displayed on its stone.

The rare find was made in a large field of dolmens adjacent to Kibbutz Shamir in the Upper Galilee. This particular dolmen is unique for its huge dimensions, the structure surrounding it and especially the artistic decorations engraved in its ceiling.

The dolmen was discovered during a visit to the site by Prof. Gonen Sharon of the Galilee Studies Program at Tel Hai. It is just one of more than 400 huge stone structures dating to the intermediate Bronze Age that are located in the dolmen field around Kibbutz Shamir.

When Sharon entered the chamber built beneath the largest dolmen, he was surprised to discover rock drawings engraved in its ceiling.

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