The 9,000-year-old mask found in the Hebron hills by a settler going for a walk. Antiquities Theft Prevention Unit, Israel Antiquities Authority

Archaeologists Recover Rare 9,000-year-old Mask Found by West Bank Settler

The Neolithic-era stone mask could have been a local way to stake a claim to land in the transition from hunting and gathering to farming, archaeologists suggest

Israeli archaeologists have retrieved a 9,000-year-old mask that was discovered by chance by a settler taking a walk in the hills south of Hebron, in the West Bank, officials said Wednesday.

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