Archaeologists have unearthed two 9,500-year-old figurines near Jerusalem that could shed light on religion and society during the stone age, says the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The two rare figurines were unearthed last week in Tel Motza between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during a dig ahead of expanding 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 15 centimeters (5.9 inches) long.

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