Lost for centuries, the 500kg statue – estimated to be 2,000 years old and considered unique because it is made of metal, an unusual material choice in that period – was discovered last summer in Gaza, and has since been seized by Hamas. The sculpture’s clean condition has raised doubts over claims that it was found on the seabed. Regardless of whether or not it was scooped from the sea, the piece has held out the possibility of a far more extensive treasure trove yet to be found. In a similar exciting moment, archaeologists recently found a multipurpose ancient stone tool – compared to the modern-day Swiss Army knife – in Jebel Barakah on Abu Dhabi’s coast. It is thought to be around 130,000 years old.