Israeli diver finds rare artefact

Date: 1/10/2008

A rare 2,500-year-old marble discus was found by an Israeli lifeguard diving in the underwater antiquities site of Yavne-Yam, an ancient port city settled in the middle Bronze Age. Kobi Sharvit, director of the Marine Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority, explains it is known from drawings on pottery vessels, coins and other historic sources from the fifth century BC that this model was very common on the bows of ships and was used to protect them from the evil eye, acting as a pair of eyes to aid navigation and warn of dangers. David Shalom, the lifeguard who found the object handed it over to the Antiquities.

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