Seven Hadas Goldberg Keidar, walking with mom Ayelet in the woods near the kibbutz NIR David, came upon the burrow of porcupines, the entrance to which lay an ancient ceramic thing. Approached the mother explained to the girl that this antique lamp.
Ayelet studying archaeology at the University of Haifa, decided that a lamp was thrown by «black archeologists», and hastened to contact the antiquities Department. Into place there arrived the head of the Department for combating the theft of antiquities Research, Distenfeld.
«We used to deal with criminals, but in this case the lamp was found not them, and exercise hole porcupines. They like places where there are antiquities, because the land there is more saturated with air,» said NIR.
He also noted that if the usual looting of ancient artifacts can be sentenced to imprisonment and fines, against animals «sanctions» can be applied – porcupines belong to the protected species. And Hadas and Ayelet will receive from the Management a certificate of merit.
Refillable oil lamp typical of the Hellenistic era. According to Dr. Einat amber-Armon, about 2,200 years ago, around the time of the Maccabean revolt, began the mass production of such lamps – upper and lower parts were made separately and then connected.
«Interestingly, in 1960, were found near the «inscription of Havneby». This is a copy of the correspondence of king Antiochus the Third of the Seleucid dynasty by the local Governor. It is noteworthy that Antiochus the Third was a patron of the Jews, unlike his son,» says Dr. amber Armon.
The son of Antiochus the Third, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, went down in history as the persecutor of the Jewish people and the desecration of the temple in Jerusalem. In the year 167 BC, the Jews rebelled against Syrian rule and regained its independence. In honor of the Maccabean revolt and the cleansing of the temple is the celebration of Hanukkah.
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