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Israelis find rare stone age figures

2012-08-29 22:12

Jerusalem - Israel's Antiquities Authority says archaeologists have unearthed two 9 500-year-old figurines near Jerusalem that help shed light on religion and society during the stone age.

It says archaeologists unearthed the two rare figurines last week in Tel Motza between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during a dig ahead of the expansion of a major highway in the area.

One of the objects is shaped like a ram and made of limestone. The other depicts an ox and is made of dolomite. Both are 15cm long.

The statement on Wednesday said the figurines could have been either good luck hunting icons or a representation of the animal's domestication.

Comments
  • buti.lembe - 2012-08-29 22:52

    9500yrs??? only ancient people can believe this fairy tale

      franco.ciman - 2012-08-30 07:27

      If you don't understand how it was dated, just ask.

      rick.kabose - 2012-08-30 08:07

      1st or 2nd generation of being able to read ?

      coenraad.vanderwesthuizen.3 - 2012-08-30 08:51

      ...and the world is flat, supported by 4 elephants and riding on the back of a giant turtle that slowly swims through space perhaps?

  • piet.boerie - 2012-08-30 00:04

    Contary to propaganda the chosen land was inhabited before we arrived we just took it off whoever was there originally. The Jerusalem has great artificats to prove this, of course not as old as these but they are there to see. Where is Fredfraser today This is the way of man, appropraition.

      rick.kabose - 2012-08-30 08:12

      I don't think the jews would dispute that they lived in amongst Canaanites before some went to seek refuge in Egypt(see Genesis).When they left Egypt and returned to Canaan(see Exodus) there were,suprise,still jews and caananites there.. PS: palestinians are arab invaders if you were trying to suggest something

      zaatheist - 2012-08-30 08:57

      rick.kabose Please provide some evidence for this Exodus myth, Because so far even the Jews have been unable to provide any. Myths and fairy tales are not evidence or truth.

      rick.kabose - 2012-08-30 09:25

      I'm not religious Zaatheist. Exodus is debatable. Some say it was the Hyksos fleeing Egypt, some say Pharaoh Akhenaten followers fleeing,bible says Moses and the Jews.There are fairy tales in the Torah,Bible and especially the koran that must have seeds of fact that they sprung from. I'm no archaeologist,you can debate with them boet

      zaatheist - 2012-08-30 09:54

      rick.kabose Why do you use the bible as a history book then? And just because it is in the Bible does not prove anything, let alone than any events described therein are based upon any facts whatsoever.

      rick.kabose - 2012-08-30 10:02

      History is a great subject. Perhaps the Bible and Torah are religious books,but never the less still contain some historical facts china

      rick.kabose - 2012-08-30 10:06

      The story of Troy was once considered just a story(Homer wasn't it),but Troy was found.Egyptian and Hittite evidence to support it as well.

      james.looch - 2012-08-30 10:46

      Get "From Eden to Exile" by David Rohl and see if the Bible and archeology tally.

      rick.kabose - 2012-08-30 12:03

      Read it James. Plenty of books that dispel exodus and plenty that support it.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-30 17:13

      The pyramids are not mentioned once in the bible. So the jews were never there or built them as some arrogants would have it. Plainly they never saw further than their outstretched arms which might explain wandering in the desert for 40 years.

  • michael.barns.1 - 2012-08-30 08:28

    Jews definetly won't belive the age of that! Pretty sure they think the world started 6000 years ago or something ludacris?

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-08-30 16:44

      wont you then clarify what a rabbi says about the begining of time? Come on now, honest answer....

      LanfearM - 2012-09-19 09:47

      @ michael.barns.1 - many Orthodox [and other] Jews accept the old-earth and evolution theories, yet there are also many conservatives who don't. Much like christianity really, where there is also a divide between Young Earth Creationists and those christians that see evolution etc. as "god's way". The idea that the world is roughly 6000 years old did start with the Genesis interpretations of the earliest post-exilic Jewish chronicle preserved in the Hebrew language, the Seder Olam Rabbah, compiled by Jose ben Halafta in 160 AD, dates the creation of the world to 3751 BC while the later Seder Olam Zutta to 4339 BC. The Hebrew Calendar has traditionally since the 4th century AD by Hillel II dated the creation to 3761 BC. Modern Jewish theologians have generally rejected such literal interpretations of the written text, and that even Jewish commentators who oppose some aspects of Darwinian thought generally accept scientific evidence that the Earth is much older.

  • james.looch - 2012-08-30 10:59

    To learn more about the Bible and it's place in history (confirmed or disputed by archeology), read "From Eden to Exile" by dr. David Rohl.

      rick.kabose - 2012-08-30 12:04

      Rather interesting part is the section where Joshua crosses the Jordan river in a similar way the Sea of Reeds was crossed.

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