An Incredible Metal Detecting Find You May Not Be Aware Of

by Luke Higgins

A bronze statue of Hadrian was discovered by a Metal Detectorist whilst He was searching for ancient coins back in 1975.

The find made the front page of The New York Times.

The article as it originally appeared.

JERUSALEM, Aug. 4— A New York stockbroker armed with an electronic mine detector and a Boy Scout knife recently stumbled upon one of the rarest and most valuable finds of the archeological season here: a life‐size, magnificently carved bronze statue, of Emperor Hadrian, dating from the second century.

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Alerted by the “beep‐beep” of his metal detector, Morton Leventhal, 38 years old, used his Scout knife to scratch away a foot and a half of soil in an agricultural field near Beit Shean, overlooking the Jordan River about 25 miles south of the Sea of Galilee.

There, face down in the black earth, was a prize to make an archeologist’s heart sing. The statue was in pieces; Mr. Leventhal wrapped the head in a Tshirt, placed it on the back of his bicycle and pedaled back to a kibbutz where he was vacationing at the home of his sister.

“I didn’t know what it was,” he recalled joyfully later, “but I knew I had something beautiful.” Later he retrieved the rest of the statue.

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