12-year-old girl finds ancient Egyptian amulet This image released by the Ir David Foundation - City of David on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 shows Neshama Spielman with an ancient Egyptian amulet dating back more than 3,200 years to the days of the Pharaohs discovered by the 12-year-old Israeli girl. (Adina Graham, Ir David Foundation - City of David via AP/Zavi Dvira)
12-year-old girl finds ancient Egyptian amulet
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A 12-year-old Israeli girl has discovered an ancient Egyptian amulet that dates back more than 3,200 years to the days of the Pharaohs, an official said April 26.
 
Neshama Spielman and her family took part in the Temple Mount Sifting Project, an initiative to sort through earth discarded from the area of the biblical temples in Jerusalem.
 
There she found a pendant-shaped amulet. It bore the name of the Egyptian ruler Thutmose III. The girl said she found the amulet four years ago. At the time, she was eight.
 
Zeev Orenstein, an official with City of David foundation, which supports the sifting project, explained that it can take years to determine the provenance and importance of such archaeological finds.
 
More than 170,000 volunteers have participated since the project began in 2004.   
 
The discovery came days before Jews celebrated the holiday of Passover, marking their freedom from bondage in Egypt. Spielman said she was excited to learn of the significance of the amulet she found. She said  that celebrating Passover this year was extra meaningful.

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  • genevieveb-6-bar
    5/04/2016 - 10:16 a.m.

    It sometimes takes years to learn the significance of found objects in order for officials to determine whether or not the item is valuable. At the beginning of the article, it proclaims,"A 12-year-old Israeli girl has discovered an ancient Egyptian amulet that dates back more than 3,200 years to the days of the Pharaohs" (paragraph 1). In order for archaeologists to date the amulet back over 3,200 years ago, the object would need careful inspecting. It may take years to discover the significance of found objects because it could take a long time for historians to mark the item with specific dates relative to its importance.

    I found this article interesting because I have always been interested in humanities and ancient history, especially that of Greece, Rome, and Egypt.

  • mattb-ver
    5/04/2016 - 11:04 a.m.

    At her age right now she might not know what it means or what its worth when she gets older she might understand it more.

  • charliet-orv
    5/04/2016 - 04:11 p.m.

    Because it is unknown, so nobody knows anything about it immediately.

  • dianner-2-bar
    5/04/2016 - 06:50 p.m.

    It can take years to learn the significance of found objects because it can be replicas, and as the article had stated "determine the provenance and importance of such archaeological finds." I found this article very interesting because she found it four years ago and the fact that it is barley being told know."

  • kieranw-3-bar
    5/05/2016 - 01:14 a.m.

    It sometimes takes years to learn the significance of found objects because sometimes it takes years for these objects which were found to be noticed and checked by officials or that it takes years for people to see the true meaning of the object. This article I find really interesting because I am especially interested in finding lost ancient artifacts but the fact that the amulet was from the time of Thutmose III and still in good condition truly amazes me. I think this article is really cool and hope to read more articles about ancient finds.

  • jaylynnj-Orv
    5/05/2016 - 01:20 p.m.

    That's cool that she found the amulet. I don't think I would have that luck.

  • maxwellc-3-bar
    5/05/2016 - 07:37 p.m.

    It can sometimes take many years to learn the significance of found objects because of a number of reasons. Whether it be undocumented histories of cultures long forgotten, the ravages of war, or other action, it is very clear that it's never easy to identify an object plucked out of a project dealing with sifting artifacts. The text says that the item was "an ancient Egyptian amulet that dates back more than 3,200 years to the days of the Pharaohs." Recently, a secret room has been found in a Pharaoh's tomb, opened nearly a century ago. This is the same situation today. Many Egyptian artifacts of cultural significance have been lost to time and nature, in sand, or, as previously stated, forgotten history. If historians can't find records or proof that the amulet originated from ancient Egypt, then the mystery goes unfound.

  • carsonb-2-bar
    5/05/2016 - 08:56 p.m.

    It takes years to learn the significance of found objects for a couple of reasons. First, they have to figure out what the object is. Then, determine what time period it came from. In addition to this they have to gather experts to confirm what they think it is. This process could take many years.

    A 12-year-old Israeli girl has discovered an ancient Egyptian amulet that dates back more than 3,200 years to the days of the Pharaohs. Neshama Spielman, along with her family, took part in the Temple Mount Sifting Project. The project was an initiative to sort through earth discarded from the area of the biblical temples in Jerusalem.

    I liked the article and thought it was very interesting. Finding an object that is more that 3,200 years old in lucky and amazing. What is also impressive is more than 170,000 people took part in the project. That is very impressive.

  • kevinb-1-bar
    5/05/2016 - 10:30 p.m.

    It takes years to learn the value of something because you don't know how much it is worth. For example if you find something in sand that looks old, you will not know how much it is worth, until someone tells you what it is. The text says,"A 12-year-old Israeli girl has discovered an ancient Egyptian amulet that dates back more than 3,200 years to the days of the Pharaohs, an official said April 26." which says how important it is to know the value of something. It can take years to learn the value of something because you don't know what it is, and how important it really is. What I thought about this article was that I liked it and it was something new!

  • grantm-2-bar
    5/05/2016 - 11:32 p.m.

    It sometimes takes years to figure out the signifigance of found objects because it could have missing peices, too many peices, or even be hard to read. Sometimes found objects are only a small part of something big. Othertimes objects could have too many peices and take a long time to sort through. Also the found object could be very hard to read or deciphyre. This is why it can take years to find the signifigance of a found object.

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