A months-long Israeli archaeological mystery was solved by a social media user who shed light on the object’s origins.
Israel’s Antiquities Authority (IAA) says Facebook users have solved the mystery of a gilded object thought to be an ancient relic.
Director of the IAA’s theft prevention unit Amir Ganor says police alerted his office six months ago to a gold object with seven grooves found in a Jerusalem cemetery by a worker.
Ganor says his office x-rayed the scepter and analyzed its materials. He pondered whether it was used in the biblical Jewish Temples. Experts did not recognize it.
With no further ideas, the Authority posted a picture on Facebook and one of 300 responders, Micah Barack in Italy, identified the object: It’s a Weber Isis Beamer, a German device that claims to create “a protective field” against radiation.
“The wisdom of the masses has done its part,” the Authority said Tuesday.
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