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Ancient Egyptian coffin found in Israel


Posted on Sunday, 13 April, 2014 | Comment icon 10 comments

Seti I and his son Ramesses. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 JMCC1
Several artefacts were discovered inside the casket including a signet ring with a pharaonic seal.
Thought to date back 3,300 years, the ancient coffin was unearthed in Israel's northern Jezreel Valley and is believed to contain the remains of a local nobleman who lived during the reign of pharaoh Seti I.

Not only is the discovery the first of its kind in the region in over half a century but it also helps to cement the idea that Egypt's influence penetrated deep in to Israel and beyond during ancient times.

Archaeologist Ron Beeri believes that the presence of the pharaoh's seal within the coffin suggests that the deceased was a wealthy individual who likely carried out some important role on behalf of the Egyptians.

"We can't rule out the possibility that it may simply be a wealthy person who knew the Egyptian burial customs and preferred to be buried like an Egyptian, but in my opinion this possibility is less likely," he said.

Source: Reuters | Comments (10)

Tags: Israel, Egypt

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by BNDGK on 10 April, 2014, 3:14
Beautiful! Such a serene pose and peaceful face. I would love to really see it in person.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 10 April, 2014, 19:46
Beautiful, yes. What a shame it was wasted on a tax collector!
Comment icon #3 Posted by docyabut2 on 10 April, 2014, 23:52
A ring with an Egyptian scarab seal was found with the name of the crown worn by Egyptian pharaoh Seti I, who ruled Egypt in the Late Bronze Age. Seti I was the father of Ramses II and some scholars identify him as the pharaoh in the biblical story of the Israelite's exodus from Egypt. The seal of Seti I helped the archaeologists date the site back to the thirteenth century B.C. The grave sites of two men and two women were also found near the coffin. The discovery confirms Egyptian control of the Jezreel Valley in the thirteenth century B.C. http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/04/09/israeli-a... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by BNDGK on 10 April, 2014, 23:53
A waste? Yes. Uncommon for things to be wasted as such? Nah.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Silver Surfer on 13 April, 2014, 13:12
who cares! theres a man addicted to eating bricks!
Comment icon #6 Posted by ROGER on 14 April, 2014, 5:13
People have to have their priorities .
Comment icon #7 Posted by Silver Surfer on 14 April, 2014, 9:36
people who can't understand sarcasm it seems.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Frank Merton on 14 April, 2014, 9:47
Does the guy have a small chin beard or did the Egyptians do chin jobs?
Comment icon #9 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 15 April, 2014, 16:37
I guess there is some truth behind the stereotype that jewish people are good at handling financial affairs. Even the Egyptian Pharaoh Seti I recognized their talents.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Perceptivum on 23 April, 2014, 19:12
I guess there is some truth behind the stereotype that jewish people are good at handling financial affairs. Even the Egyptian Pharaoh Seti I recognized their talents. Cute.


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