Ancient Samaritan oil lamp discovered during work on Mount Gerizim

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Ancient Samaritan oil lamp discovered during work on Mount Gerizim
The lamp was discovered while workers were clearing out an area around the stone bath from debris by hand.
By JUDITH SUDILOVSKY
Published: MAY 2, 2022

A nearly completely intact clay oil lamp from 2,300 years ago was found near a stone bath during recent conservation work at the Mount Gerizim National Park. “It is great to find something even after all those years of excavation,” said Netanel Elimelech, director of the park run by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. “We found a lot of clay sherds lying around, but to find something complete with signs of its use is pretty nice. You can still see the black marks of burning from when the lamp was used. It throws you back (in time.)”

The archaeological complex on Mount Gerizim, located outside of Nablus, was excavated in the 1990s under the leadership of archaeologist Dr. Yitzhak Magen. Recently conservation and accessibility work has been undertaken by the Nature and Parks Authority and the Civil Administration. The lamp was discovered while workers were clearing out an area around the stone bath from debris by hand, said Elimelech. “We were clearing real close to the surface and the lamp just popped out,” he said.

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