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A six-year-old boy found at the Israeli archaeological site of Tel Gema, a 3,500-year-old clay tablet with the image of a captive man.
The find was announced Monday by the Israel Antiquities Authority.
It is a plate ofabout three square centimeters, probably from the late Bronze Age, with a carved figure representing two men, one leading the other with his hands tied behind his back.
"The artist who created this tablet appears to have been influenced by similar representations known in ancient Near Eastern art," the archaeologists said. In addition, they consider that the author wanted to emphasize theprisoner humiliation being carried naked.
The researchers estimate that the scene symbolically represents the power struggles of the ancient Cannaan region with its neighbors. They even suggest that the image could describe theethnic differences between the two subjects, and that is why the subject man looks thin and has a long face.
The youngest who found the image, identified as Imri Elya, thefound by chance while he was walking with his family last March through that place. He immediately handed her over to the authorities and in return received a certificate of good citizenship.
«This opens avisual window to understand the struggle for dominance in the south of the country during the Canaanite period, "said the researchers, after explaining that the tablet contributes to archaeological and historical research in the area.