Sometimes archaeological finds are sought and sometimes they appear almost by magic. Last Thursday a major excavation was being carried out in Israel, where an attempt was made to rescue a large clay pot from the Byzantine period. It had been discovered on a beach after a storm, but fate led to different historical objects found in the excavation area.
The place was discovered by several rangers of the well-known Gan Yavne archaeological site, at Palmahim Beach National Park, about 15 kilometers south of the city of Tel Aviv. The strong winds and the waves made the water literally "eat" the coast and revealing the different substrates and objects that were buried there.
Although excavation work with heavy machinery had started, the high tides forced it to be withdrawn until the tide goes out again. They hope to find more vessels and different artifacts of great historical value, especially the large vessel, which is believed to be a meter and a half deep and whose origin can be traced back to between the 6th and 4th centuries BC.
As Yitzhack Marmelstein, director of the excavation, advanced, the vessel was installed under an old floor and only the opening was left exposed at ground level. He also stated that there could be many more vessels, although smaller in size, spread over many areas of the beach, but the curious thing is that the large vessel does not belong to this place and everything indicates that it could have been brought from Cyprus or the northern Syria among other places.
Inside this vessel different items were found, pieces of a cooking pot, an incense holder and even a small bottle of oil practically intact.
But it is not something that can be described as extraordinary given that the area where this find is found is about 4,000 years old and people settled here from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages, so it is very likely that there are many more objects buried that can shed light on their history.
In addition, this place is in continuous excavation, since shipwrecks were discovered in the 80s, different fishing tools and other objects spread over various periods of history, so the excavations will surely continue to provide good surprises like this one.
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