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In video - 9,000-year-old rare stone mask discovered in Hebron hills

Nov. 28, 2018 4:00 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 29, 2018 4:12 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A 9,000-year-old stone mask dating to the pre-pottery Neolithic B Period (new stone age) was found, on Wednesday, in the southern Hebron hills, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, and is now being studied by experts of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

According to Hebrew-language sources, the Israeli Antiquities Authority's (IAA) Unit for the Prevention of Antiquity Robberies received information about the stone mask at the beginning of the year.

The information made it possible for researchers to track it and pinpoint the excavation from which it had been removed.

Ronit Lupo of the IAA unit, said the pinkish-yellow limestone mask is a "unique" archaeological find, particularly “the fact that we have confirmed information about where it was found makes this mask more important than most of the masks from the same period."

Lupo mentioned that the mask was created using stone tools and mimics the features of a human face, in addition the edges of the mask have four holes, which might have been used to tie it onto a person's face.

Lupo also pointed out that the mask had been completely finished, "The stone is completely smooth. The facial features are completely symmetrical, and it was even given cheekbones, but what is more impressive is the mouth with teeth."
The rare mask will be presented at the Israel Prehistoric Society annual meeting on Thursday.
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