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“We’ve got a big mystery,” said George Harrison, a professor in Concordia’s department of classics.
“Most pieces, you look at it and you can tell that it’s associated with this period or the other.
Since then, experts from Cambridge University, the British Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Israel Museum and the Royal Ontario Museum have all been consulted.
The 67-centimetre-high limestone statue depicts two nude seated figures with large heads.
“One specialist commented that if it can be proven to date to the period when the Jews were exiled from Egypt, it could be one of the rarest finds of its kind,” said Clarence Epstein, Concordia’s director of special projects and cultural affairs “Another archaeologist suggested the statue was either from a pre-dynastic tomb or was an outright fake.” However, Professor Harrison doubts that is the case.