11-Year-Old Boy Discovers Rare Ancient Fertility Relic

The little relic is believed to be from the late First Temple Period and is so rare that only one such example exists in the National Treasures collection.

We often think of ancient civilizations as people with completely different needs, desires, and wishes. However, if we look at history and discoveries that have been made related to civilizations gone by, we’re really not that different.

At the end of the day, we have more in common with ancient people: we’re all just ordinary people with the same desire to get through life and be happy.

It wasn’t too long ago that an ancient relic was discovered near Israel’s Besor River. The interesting find wasn’t made by scientists who were on an expedition, but rather by an 11-year-old boy who was enjoying a hike with his family.

Photo: Facebook/Israel Antiquities Authority

Zvi Ben-David was out and about, close to the river, when something strange caught his eye.

His mother, Miriam Ben-David, works as a professional tour guide, so when she saw what her son had found, she knew immediately that it was something special. They quickly got in touch with the Israel Antiquities Authority, and as it turned out, what Zvi had found dates back 2,500 years.

According to a Facebook post by the Israel Antiquities Authority, Zvi had found an ancient fertility relic in the form of a small statuette which was only 2.75 inches tall and 2.36 inches wide, depicting a bare-breasted woman.

Photo: Facebook/Israel Antiquities Authority

The little relic is believed to be from the late First Temple Period. Relics from these times were believed to be representations of good luck and could bring both protection as well as prosperity.

The IAA said in the post, “The figurine that Zvi discovered is so rare that only one such example exists in the National Treasures collection. The exemplary citizenship of young Zvi Ben-David will enable us to improve our understanding of cultic practices in biblical times, and man’s inherent need for material human personifications… The whole Ben-David family deserves a huge shoutout. Don’t you agree?”

Photo: Facebook/Israel Antiquities Authority

What do you think of the discovery? Don’t you think it’d be so cool to make such an incredible discovery? Let us know!