How seems to you the news that a veterinarian found one significant artifact from the Bronze Period? Well, according to recent reports, the man discovered an anchor engraved with hieroglyphs.
Rafi Bahalul, the lucky discoverer, is a 55-year old veterinarian, and an artist from Ein Hod. His finding turned out to be a 3,400-year-old Egyptian stone anchor, an extraordinary one, though. The object bore fantastic edges and design, displaying an image of an ancient goddess.
It also has some hieroglyphic writing, too. It had most likely, sunk into the sand a long time ago and remained in a perfect state for another hundred years. However, we couldn’t even find it if rainy weather never occurred.
Archaeologists Left in Awe with the Last Discovery
Rafi Bahalul called the experts immediately to examine his discovery. A team from the Israel Antiquities Authority got ready for one intriguing artifact.
“This was a known site from which other finds have emerged, but we were not digging there at the time,” explained Jacob Sharvit from the IAA.
The stone was boosted from the level sea significantly last month and currently is showcased at an Egyptian exhibition a the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Its purpose is pretty much ordinary and easily identifiable. The artifact represents a regular anchor utilized by ships during the Bronze Period, according to Ben-Dor Evian, an archaeologist. So, such anchors were made like a trapezoid shape with some rounded edges. It also got a hole pierced close to the top end to ensure a rope.
A Goddess on Display
The anchor most probably came as a more significant decorative relief placed in a royal precinct or a temple in Egypt. The chisel patterns that divided it from the rest of the initial limestone object, casting the engraving and molding it into an anchor, are still very noticeable nowadays.
The most intriguing part of the anchor is the picture at the bottom, displaying a woman writing on a tablet. The symbol above her head identifies her, as Seshat, the ancient Egyptian goddess of writing, Ben-Dor stated. He named it, “Mistress of the house of books.”