mural star mural star One of the ancient mural's modern reproductions. (Photo: courtesy of the Pontifical Biblical Institute)

Mysterious 6,000-year-old mural displayed for the first time ever

Archaeologists can't figure out what its unusual star or cartoon-like figures mean.

Researchers found this 6,000-year-old mural in Jordan during an excavation in the 1930s. Excited by their amazing finding, the archaeologists ... left it in a storeroom for 80 years. So much for bringing their discovery to light.

The painting, called "The Ghassulian Star," was displayed for the public for the first time on Sunday in Jerusalem. So if you've been waiting 80 years to check out this painting, you better get to Jerusalem quick.

“Fresco paintings are like organic material and metals, sensitive things," Hava Katz, the Israel Antiquities Authority's chief director of national treasures, told The Times of Israel. "We don’t expose them for too long."

"The Ghassulian Star" was made before people could write, back when everyone either hunted and gathered or lived in small farming villages.

The figures were painted with black, brown, red, white and yellow natural mineral paints; mud and lime walls were the canvas. The painting features a giant star, animals and masked figures sporting what look a lot like googly eyes.

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Mysterious 6,000-year-old mural displayed for the first time ever
Archaeologists can't figure out what its unusual star or cartoon-like figures mean.