Most interesting finds from the anonymous tomb


Human figure

This strange human figure was found lying against the base of a Coptic garbage pit full of kitchen spoils, dung, straw, bits of textile, etc. Presumably the figure itself also dates to the Christian period. It has lost a leg and an arm but is otherwise remarkably complete, considering that it is made of unbaked mud with a thin coat of fine linen. The head sits on the body without a neck. The half-opened mouth has teeth made of bits of wood. We have no idea for what purpose this idol was made but it looks slightly uncanny.