A Palestinian farmer working on his land in Gaza uncovered the head of an ancient goddess dating back to 4,500 years.
The farmer Abu Eid told the New Arab that he found Canaanite Goddess “Anat” by chance when he was tilling his land at al-Qarara town of Khan Younsif. “After I washed the statue, I realized it could be a precious sculpture,” Eid added.
Jamal Abu Rida, Director-General of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage to the Hamas-run Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said that the “22-centimeter-tall” statue is believed to represent the Canaanite Goddess Anat.
Briefing reporters, Rida said that “Anat was the goodness of love, beauty, and war in the Canaanite mythology,” adding that the land of Palestine and the Gaza Strip has gone through many civilizations in its history.
Eid said that he had earlier decided to sell it to someone to make some money but changed his mind after an archaeologist told him that it was of great archaeological value.
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