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Gazan farmers found an ancient statue of cananite when archaeologists discovered an intact Samaritan lamp.

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Several recent archaeological discoveries have been discovered in Levant dating back to Bible times, such as ancient icon statues and almost intact oil lamps.

The Ministry of Tourism and Ancient Gaza announced last week that farmers in southern Gaza discovered a 4,500-year-old statue of a pre-Jewish goddess.

“This statue dates back 4,500 years and, according to Cananite mythology, belongs to the Cananite goddess Anatto, the goddess of love, beauty and war. The statue is now on display at the Purple Forbidden Museum in Gaza. Told Almonitor..

The statue is 9 inches high and made of limestone, showing the head of anatto wearing a snake crown. It is speculated that she was equated with Antu in the Pantheon of ancient Akkad and Athena in Greece.

The region of Gaza has been recorded in history since 3300 BC, when the Egyptian fortress was built just south of what is now the city of Gaza. This is called Tel Asakan. The fort served as a major trading hub with the Semitic-speaking Semitic-speaking Canaanites, similar to Hebrew. The role of the fort later moved to Gaza and became a legend as a port city in the big city at the western end of the Silk Road. The Law refers to the Canaanites among the extinct people of the Israelites, but scholars believe that their cultures are very similar and that the Canaanites culture continued into the Hellenistic period.

“Many archaeological discoveries in the Gaza Strip are the discovery of cananite statues, the latest of which show the history of Palestinian lands and civilizations dating thousands of years ago,” said a resident of Gaza. Says Ayubu Abra Aish. The city told Almonitor.

“Gaza still has many secrets in its land, which has witnessed many historical times such as Pharaohs, Rome, Byzantines and Assyria,” he added.

Samaritan oil lamp

Separately, archaeologists on the West Bank have found an almost intact clay oil lamp on Mount Gerizim, a mountain south of Nables, which the Samaritans believe to be the most sacred place on earth.

The lamp was discovered while protected workers were cleaning around a stone bath used by ancient Samaritans, similar to the Jewish Mikveh.

“It’s great to find something, even after years of excavation,” said Netanel Elimelech, director of Jeri Jim Mountain National Park. Jerusalem Post.. “We found a lot of clay huts lying around, but it’s pretty nice to find something perfect with the signs of its use. Black still burning from the time the lamp was used. You can see the traces. It throws you back (in time). “
There are less than 1,000 Samaritans today, but they once lived in what is now the West Bank, northern Israel, and southern Lebanon. Semitic-speaking people, who are very closely associated with the ancient Israelites, Samaritans split from them When the leaders of the Jewish kingdom were deported to Babylon in the 6th century BC. By the time they returned under the patronage of Persia decades later, the Samaritan and Jewish religions were so separated that they could not be reconciled. Among those differences is the belief that Mt. Jerizim, not the mountain of temples in Jerusalem, is the place where God wanted to build his temple.

The ruins where the lamp was discovered date back to the Persian-Hellenistic period, with a town surrounding the temple, with several houses and an olive oil press, which were essential to its economic prosperity.



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