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An 11-year-old boy discovered a 2500-year-old fertility figurine while on a family hike to Nahal Habesor, a trail in southern Negev.  His mother, a professional tour guide, immediately recognized its importance and contacted the Israel Antiquities Authority.  The pottery figurine is 7cm in height and 6cm wide and was made it a mold.  It depicts a bare-breasted woman with her hands folded under her chest wearing a scarf which covers her head and neck.  The figurine dates to the 5-6th centuries BC.  While fertility figurines are well-known, only one figurine bearing similarities to this one has been found; it was discovered in the northern Negev and is housed at in the National Treasures collection.

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https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/biblical-fertility-amulet-found-in-the-negev-661413

- https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/boy-finds-ancient-figurine-boy-hands-over-ancient-figurine-to-israel-antiquities-authority/2021/03/09/


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