Source: News Bharati English24 Nov 2016 12:17:47
Jerusalem, November 24: Around 4000 year old Bronze Age pottery jug showing a seated person, apparently deep in thought, has been discovered at an archeological dig in Yehud, Israel quoted Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in a statement.
Experts say that the image looks similar to a Canaanite version of Rodin's "The Thinker". The figure is wearing a hat with its chin resting on its hand, the elbow of the other arm rests on one knee and the hand of that arm rests on the other knee and was found in a grave.
"Such a unique ceramic vessel, which is the first we've found, within the context of the grave, can indicate that an important person was buried there," said Gilad Itach, IAA excavation director.
“It seems that at first the jug, which is typical of the period, was prepared, and afterwards the unique sculpture was added," Itach said.
Not only this, other funerary offerings including daggers, arrowheads, and an axe head also found during the dig. Also animal bones, from sheep and what looks to be a donkey, were found.
Itach claimed these to be funerary offerings considering the ancients thought that anything buried with them would join them in the afterlife.
It shows that civilization in the region that far back, around the early Copper Age was more advanced than people tend to realize.