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Archaeology news: Boy, 11, discovers priceless figurine straight out of 'biblical times'

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But the woman still appears to be wearing a scarf covering her neck and head and has a fairly prominent nose.

She also appears to be bare-chested and has her arms crossed under her chest.

Similar figurines like these were quite popular during the First Temple period – named after King Solomon’s Temple (957 to 587 BC) – and served as protective amulets.

Archaeologist Oren Shmueli and Debbie Ben Ami, IAA curator of the Iron Age and Persian periods, said: “They were common in the home and in everyday life, like the hamsa symbol today, and they apparently served as amulets to ensure protection, good luck and prosperity.

“We must bear in mind that in antiquity, medical understanding was rudimentary.



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