A routine run on the beach last week turned into a fascinating archeological discovery, when the jogger happened upon a 900-yearold 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.”