In July 2016, a 42-year old Texas resident uncovered the foot of an ancient Egyptian statue, which fully formed would have stood as tall as a man. English teacher Bryan Kovach came upon the portion of the statue by chance at the Tel-Hazor archaeological site, after brushing off a rock and discovering etched heiroglyphic writings. Tel-Hazor is the most important archaeological site in Israel from the biblical period, and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Three years prior a Sphinx fragment was found in the same building at the excavation, and archaeologists believe that the site was once the administrative palace of the ruler of the city of Hazor.
Fragments of 18 different ancient Egyptian statues have been discovered at Tel-Hazor since site excavations began in the 1980's, the largest number discovered anywhere in Israel. According to experts, most of the statues found at Tel-Hazor show signs of being forcibly smashed and purposefully broken during the destruction of the city.