Lifeguard Meir Amshik was out for a run along the beach in Ashkelon in southern Israel when he saw that part of a nearby cliff was deteriorating. When he approached the site, he found the oil lamp in one piece, and called the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). Archaeologists said the lamp dates back to the 12th century or the early Crusader period. He said the city of Ashkelon, today home to a major power plant as well as one of Israel’s nicest beaches, was a city of commerce and was used as a port as far back as the Canaanite period 4000 years ago.
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