Israeli Archaeologists Find Rare Stone Age Figures Near Jerusalem

Israel Antiquities Authority says archaeologists unearthed the two rare figurines last week in Tel Motza between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

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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.

A rare stone age figurine found in digs last week prior to the widening of a major highway connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.Credit: AP
Figurines found near Jerusalem.Credit: Yael Yolovitch / Israel Antiquities Authority