Teen discovers 1,500-year-old 'magic mirror' at Galilee excavation


August 11, 2023

Emil Aladjem/Israel Antiquities Authority

The excavation site where the mirror plaque fragment was found.

(JNS) - A teenage student uncovered a 1,500-year-old "magical mirror" from the Byzantine period this week during an Israel Antiquities Authority excavation at the ancient site of Usha in northern Israel.

Aviv Weizman, from Kiryat Motzkin, near Haifa, was one of 500 students participating in a week-long "Survival Course" that included a 56-mile trek and participation in excavations at archaeological sites around Israel that will be opened to the public in the future.

At the site, the 17-year-old Weizman noticed an unusual pottery shard "peeping out of the ground between the walls of a bui...

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