Archaeology, Egyptian findings from Bronze Age in Israel

Researchers, Egyptian influence continued after end exile

24 April, 18:35

    Egyptian findings in Israel Egyptian findings in Israel

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV - Even after fleeing Egypt and the end of exile, the land of Pharaohs continued to influence Jews. Confirmation of this comes from new findings by Israeli archaeologists who found multiple evidence of this presence.
    Excavation work neat the kibbutz Lahav, in the southern part of the country, has brought to light findings from the late Bronze Age (about 1500 BC) and the Iron Age (1000 BC), or over 3,000 years ago: more than 300 basins of different kinds, including some that are still intact. And together were found vases and bronze jewelry, shells, majolica, unique yellow alabaster basins, seals and cosmetic vases.
    According to archaeologist Amir Ganor, director of the unit for the prevention of antiquity theft at the Israeli Antiquities Authority - quoted in a statement - ''among various findings discovered, many from the Jewish culture in the southern part of the country, we have found dozens of stone seals, some of them shaped like winged beetles, with engraved symbols and images typical of Egyptian culture that dominated in the country in the late Bronze Age. Some of the seals were modelled on semi-precious stones from Egypt and the Sinai peninsula''.
    For Daphna Ben-Tor, curator of Egyptian archaeology at the Museum of Israel - also quoted in the statement - ''most of the beetle-shaped seals found in the excavation were dated between the XV-XIV century before Christ. The names of kings were printed on some of the seals.
    Among other things, a sphinx on the opposite side of the name of Pharaoh Thutmode who reigned between 1504-1450 before Christ was identified. Another seal shaped like a beetle bears the name f Amenhotep on the throne between 1386-1349 before Christ.
    Another beetle portrays Ptah, the main god of the city of Menfi''. (ANSAmed).

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