Israeli dig finds ancient gemstone

Source: UPI (8-26-09)

Israeli archaeologists say they have found a miniature precious stone carved with the image of Alexander the Great. The stone, dating to the Hellenistic period, was found at the Tel Dor excavation site south of Haifa, the Israeli news Web site Arutz Sheva reported Wednesday.
The stone is less than a centimeter long (less than a half-inch) and less than a half-centimeter wide, Ayelet Gilboa, one of the archaeologists directing the work, told the news Web site. The type of gemstone wasn’t described.
Gilboa said the carved image shows a young and energetic face, with a sharp chin, straight nose and long curly hair held in a crown, the Web site said.

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