School excursions can often be less exciting than expected. Imagine, therefore, what sevenyear- old Ori Greenhut thought when, whilst poking around in the dirt at an archaeological site called Tel Rehov in Israel, he found a small figurine.
Suspecting it may be special, he dusted it off carefully and took it home. His family then gave the little statue to the Israel Antiquities Authority, explaining to their son that archaeological finds belong to the state.
After a thorough investigation, researchers told Greenhut’s family that the figurine of a woman was made by pressing clay into a mould some 3 400 years ago.
Scientists are divided as to whether she represents a goddess of fertility named Astarte or an ordinary Canaanite woman.
In 2014, Noah Cordle, then in Grade 5, went boogie boarding on Long Beach Island in the US with his family.
Cordle, who loves science and has gone on previous searches for arrowheads with his grandfather, was savvy enough to realise that the piece of stone that brushed against his leg was more than just an ordinary bit of debris from the sea. After taking it to a local archaeological expert in New Jersey, the Cordle family were amazed to find out that the rare find was around 14 000 years old and called a Clovis point, used for throwing at and hunting mastodon and for spearing fish in the Paleoindian era.
Scientists now believe that the sand replenishment efforts in New Jersey following the destruction of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 may have resulted in the beach’s sand shifting and the ensuing unearthing of the Clovis point.
Category: Winter 2016