A birdwatcher visiting Tel Dor last winter discovered an Egyptian scarab brought to the surface by heavy rains. According to a report in The Times of Israel, the seal is thought to have belonged to an official from the Thirteenth Dynasty, dating back to the eighteenth century B.C. “The scarab belonged to a very senior figure in the kingdom, probably the viceroy responsible for the royal treasury,” said Ayelet Gilboa of the University of Haifa. Researchers think the scarab may have been carried to northern Israel by the viceroy or his representative, or it may have arrived at the site later, during the Roman period, when there was a demand for Egyptian artifacts.
A rare amulet more than 3,200 years old bearing the name of the Egyptian ruler Tuthmose III, Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty (who reigned from 1479-1425 BC) has been discovered at the Temple Mount Sifting Project located in Jerusalem’s Tzurim Valley National Park within earth discarded from the Temple Mount.
Image: THE 3,400 YEAR OLD FIGURINE COPYRIGHT: CLARA AMIT, COURTESY OF THE ISRAEL ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY