First-Grader Discovers 3,500-Year-Old Artifact in Israeli Desert
You might think that only professional archaeologists are capable of making significant historical discoveries, but this six-year-old boy proved otherwise. During a hiking trip with his parents to the Tel Jemmeh archaeological site in Israel’s Negev Desert last March, Elya picked up a small clay object with an engraving. The first-grader showed the discovery to his parents, who then contacted the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).
The object turned out to be a rare and unique 3,500-year-old object — a 1.1 inch by 1.1 inch tablet dating back to the Canaanite civilization.
IAA archeologists believe that the tablet depicts a man leading and humiliating a captive. The captive is emaciated, naked, and his hands are tied behind his back while the captor is healthy and clothed. Experts also noticed the ethnic differences between the two figures — the prisoner is Canaatie, and his captor is Egyptian. The clay impression is thought to be a souvenir of victory of the Egyptian Empire against Canaan, like an honor badge or medal.
For his discovery, Elya received a certificate of good citizenship from the Israel Antiquities Authority.