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March 15 2013

Bronze Age donkey sacrifice found in Israel


Archaeologists in southern Israel say they've uncovered a young donkey that was carefully laid to rest on its side more than 3,500 years ago, complete with a copper bridle bit in its mouth and saddle bags on its back.

Its accessories and the lack of butchery marks on its bones lead researchers to believe the venerated pack animal was sacrificed and buried as part of a Bronze Age ritual.

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