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Archaeology in Israel: Egyptian Scarab Seal Unearthed

(April 2016)

An amateur birdwatcher enjoying his hobby spotted an ancient Egyptian scarab seal near the Tel Dor archaeological site on the Carmel Coast in April 2016. The discovery was made by Alexander Ternopolsky, who immediately turned the artifact over to Israeli Antiquities Authority officials working at the nearby dig site. Various identifying phrases are engraved into the seal, including “overseer of the Treasury,” and “bearer of the seal.” Officials from the department of archaeology at Haifa University who studied the item contend that it is approximately 3,700-years old, and most likely belonged to a person of high economic and political stature. Officials with the Israeli Antiquities Authority stated that the artifact was found out of context, and had rolled down from the mound from the nearby Tel Dor archaeological excavation.

Source:Zeff, Michael. “3,700-year-old Egyptian scarab seal found by Israeli birdwatcher,” YNet News (April 24, 2016)