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Roman Gate Discovered in Ancient City of Hippos May Solve Mystery of Mask of Pan

The Jerusalem Post reports: A routine run on the beach last week turned into a fascinating archeological discovery, when the jogger happened upon a 900-year-old clay oil lamp at Tel Ashkelon National Park, the Antiquities Authority said on Monday.

Meir Amsik, a lifeguard who works at the beach, said he came across the relic when he stopped to pick up planks washed from the Mediterranean onto the ancient southern port city’s shoreline.

“Suddenly, I saw part of a cliff deteriorating,” he said. “So I made my up way there and saw this intriguing oil lamp lying there in its entirety. I thought it might be an antique, so I picked it up.”

Amsik showed the find to a colleague at his lifeguard station, and the duo decided to contact the Antiquities Authority to report the finding.

After analyzing the small oil lamp, Sa’ar Ganor, the IAA’s archeologist for the Ashkelon District, dated it to the Crusader Period in the 12th century.

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