3000-Year-Old Secrets Unveiled: A Beach Stroll Brings Ancient History to Life

Sometimes, a simple walk on the beach can turn into an adventure that rewinds time by thousands of years. A perfect example is the recent awe-inspiring discovery by a woman on Palmachim Beach in Israel, just south of Tel Aviv. She stumbled upon an ancient relic – a 3,000-year-old figurine symbolizing an Egyptian goddess.

74-year-old Lydia Marner, an Azerbaijani immigrant now residing in Lod, noticed the intriguing artifact washed ashore on a stormy day. With her curiosity piqued Lydia understood she had uncovered something extraordinary and reached out to friends knowledgeable in archaeology. Following their advice, she connected with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) through their Facebook page.

IAA Inspectors Dror Citron and Idan Horn were sent to scrutinize the discovery. They meticulously cleaned and examined the figurine, and on Tuesday, the Authority announced the remarkable find.

Lydia shared her enthusiasm over the discovery, saying, “I can’t believe I had the privilege of finding this. At first, my husband laughed at me, but today, the whole family already knows the amazing story that happened to me. I’m very happy that the honor of finding it fell to me.”

The IAA confirmed that the figurine depicted Hathor, an Egyptian goddess associated with fertility, strength, protection, and wisdom. According to Amir Golani, an expert on the Bronze Age at the IAA, these figurines were likely used by the Canaanites, who adopted Egyptian rituals and religious customs, for luck and protection.

“The statuette was made of clay that was embedded into a stone pattern, a process allowing people to produce numerous such figurines quickly,” Golani added. The identifying features of Hathor include a bull horn-like hairstyle and prominent eyes and ears.

Lydia’s find fortuitously coincides with the IAA’s new “Return Them With a Click” campaign. The initiative urges Israelis who may possess artifacts in their homes to return them to the state, as there is a legal obligation to report any antiquities finds to the Antiquities Authority.

This amazing find underscores how Israel is not just a place, but a living museum where the past constantly merges with the present. As the State of Israel, we pride ourselves on preserving and celebrating our rich history. Discoveries like Lydia’s only strengthen our bond with our ancestors and remind us of the magnificent civilization that existed here thousands of years ago. Let’s honor our shared history and contribute to preserving it for future generations. After all, each artifact holds a piece of our collective story, painting a vivid picture of our resilient and diverse heritage.