During archaeological excavations conducted by the antiquities authority in Caesarea port on the initiative of the Rothschild Foundation and development Company, December 24, near the ancient Church of the Byzantine period, was discovered a marble figure of a sheep.
Archaeologists say that in Christian art the Good shepherd is depicted with a lamb on his shoulders, or, according to the Evangelical parable, the lost sheep, jerked up on the shoulders. According to the Christian faith, the sheep carried on the shoulders, symbolizes a Christian in good hands of the Lord. In Roman and Greek art sheep appears next to Hermes or mercury, in Egyptian mythology, the RAM is the sacred animal of the God Amun.
Dr. Peter Gendelman and Muhamad Hunter, guiding excavations, suggests that the «Caesarea of them never ceases to amaze». They also drew attention to the fact that one of the Christian symbols was discovered on Christmas eve.