"Last year, researchers from the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa made one of the most unique and unusual findings of recent years. They unearthed a bronze mask representing Pan, the god of shepherds. Half man and half goat, Pan also represents fields, music, and merriment. The discovery of [a] bronze mask of this size depicting one of the gods was [the first of its kind in the world], a fact that seriously complicated efforts to date the item or explain its possible function." Source: Archaeology News Network.
The mask was discovered at Hippos, "an archaeological site in Israel, located on a hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee," according to Wikipedia. "Between the 3rd century BC and the 7th century AD, Hippos was the site of a Greco-Roman city, which then declined under Muslim rule and was abandoned after an earthquake in 749." Further excavations have revealed a gate which may lead to a "compound of the god Pan," according to archaeologists. This in turn may help to date the bronze mask and determine what it was used for.
Strangely enough, I can't find any reference to Hippos or any of its alternate names in the Oxford Classical Dictionary or A Guide To The Ancient World (Grant). It was a fairly major city at the time and appears to be important to modern Christians. According to Pictures from the Holy Land, which refers to the site as Susita-Hippos, "Hippos was part of the Decapolis, or Ten Cities, a group of cities in Roman Palestine that were culturally tied more closely to Greece and Rome than to the Middle East ... The city was apparently destroyed by an earthquake in 749 A.D. and was never resettled."