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What Is It?
A. Egyptian neck pillows
B. Neolithic chariot wheels
C. Petrified paper towel rolls
D. Hellenistic floor rollers
E. Canaanite necklace beads
Answer: (D) Hellenistic floor rollers
These Hellenistic-period rollers for packing and leveling plaster floors were found at Mt. Gerizim, the holy mountain of the Samaritans, which was excavated by Dr. Yitzhak Magen. As Magen explains in a recent publication, “Corbelling is a construction technique unknown in the Land of Israel prior to the Hellenistic period, and very unusual even in later periods. Wooden or stone beams were laid upon flat stone corbels projecting from the two lengthwise walls, creating second-story floors …

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