Weighing around 19 pounds, the object was a dazzling gold color. Strangely, moreover, it was marked by a series of regular grooves and had two handle-like knobs at each end. Baffled, the worker decided to hand his discovery over to the experts at Israel’s Antiquities Authority. After all, perhaps they could shed some light on the puzzling find.
The Israel Antiquities Authority, or IAA, was founded in 1948, soon after the State of Israel was established. Taking over from the British Department of Antiquities in Israel, it became responsible for the many ancient historical relics associated with this part of the world.
Based in Jerusalem, the IAA also oversees excavation and conservation work across the region. In fact, it has been responsible for studying several high-profile archaeological discoveries over the years. And having investigated everything from the Roman Lod mosaic to the Dead Sea Scrolls, its staff are experts in unraveling ancient mysteries.