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'Mystery of Gold Artifact' That Stumped Israeli Archaeologists Solved by Facebook User in Italy

silverjohn/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) --  The "mystery of a gold artifact" found at an archaeological site in a Jerusalem cemetery has been solved, thanks to the help of a Facebook user in Italy, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The authority took to its Facebook page Tuesday to ask the public's help in identifying the eight-pound, golden object's purpose. The item had left its archaeologists stumped for months. See a photo of the mystery object here.

Among the hundreds of speculations were "a cattle insemination instrument, an implement for rolling dough, pieces of industrial machinery, watches, an object used for massage and cultic objects used in the Temple," the authority said on Facebook.

However, only Micah Barak, a user from Italy, had the right answer, according to the government organization.

The golden object wasn't an ancient artifact at all, but actually a New Age energy healing device currently manufactured in Germany, the authority said. It added that the device is called an "Isis Beamer," named after the Egyptian "goddess of healing, magic and nature."

Barak "identified the object as a device that is supposed to provide 'energetic protection' and is designed for use by naturopaths and those involved in New Age energy healing," the authority said on Facebook.

The Israel Antiquities Authority said its archaeologists invite Barak to visit the authority's National Treasures Department whenever he visits Israel for solving the mystery.

"We hope that those responsible for hiding the object in the cemetery will contact us, tell us why it was buried in the ancient structure and to whom amongst the dead and buried they wanted to give positive energy," the authority added.

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