An ancient stone statue of the goddess of beauty, love and war has been discovered in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian archaeologists say the head of the Canaanite goddess Anat, found in the Gaza Strip, is about 4,500 years old and dates to the Bronze Age.
Anat’s head was found by a farmer plowing his field in the Khan Yunis area south of the Gaza Strip.
On social media, some Gazans are making bitter comments, saying that the goddess’s connection to the war seems appropriate.
Gaza has seen a sharp rise in tensions between Israel and militant groups in recent years. It is clear that Gaza is ruled by Hamas.
However, the discovery of this limestone statue is reminiscent of how the strip was part of an important trade route for ancient civilizations and was actually a Canaanite settlement.
The sculpture on this 22 cm (8.7 inch) sculpture is clearly a reflection of the face of a goddess wearing a snake crown.
This head was found when farmer Nadal Abu Eid was plowing his field. “We got it by chance,” he said. It was covere in muud and we washed its with waters.
Anat is one of the famous Canaanite deities. And now this statue is on display in Qasr al-Basha. It should be noted that Qasr al-Basha is a historic building which is one of the few museums in Gaza.
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Unveiling the artefacts at a press conference on Tuesday, Hamas-run Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities Minister Jamal Abu Rada said the statue was a “resistance to time” and had been carefully examined by experts.
He said the statue had drawn attention to a political point.
“Such discoveries provess that Palestines has its own civilizations and history and no ones can deny or deny that history,” he said. This is the Palestinians peoples and their ancients Canaanite civilizations.
Not all archeological sites in Gaza have been praised so much, nor has anyone done so before.
The Islamic militant group Hamas has previously been accused of destroying the remains of Tel Elskan, a large, strong Canaanite town to make way for houses and military bases south of Gaza City.
An ancient human-sized bronze statue of the Greek god Apollo was discovered by a fisherman in 2013, but has since mysteriously disappeared.
This year, however, Hamas has reopened the remains of a 5th-century Byzantine church after a restoration. It was funded by a year-long rehabilitation project by foreign donors.
Work on a construction site in northern Gaza was halted when 31 Roman-era tombs were found. Although such ancient sites could potentially attract foreign visitors, there is virtually no tourism industry.
Israel and Egypt have imposed restrictions on the movement of people inside and outside the impoverished coastal town, citing security concerns. The area is home to about 2.3 million Palestinians.