An Israeli farmer from the Lower Galilee town of Kfar Hittim, hiking with his family near the Horns of Hittim not far from his home, found a scarab-shaped object with an inscription. Not sure of what the object was, he decided to show it to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) to find out what the inscription said.
An expert curator from the Israel Museum, specializing in Ancient Egyptian artifacts, identified the object as being a rare 3,500-year-old seal from the reign of Pharaoh Thutmose III, famed for capturing 350 cities, one of which was Megiddo in the Jezreel Valley, during his 54-year reign in the 15th century BC.
The seal shows Thutmose seated on his throne, and beside it is inscribed the Pharaoh’s name in hieroglyphics. The location where the seal was found is also well-known as the location of the AD 1187 battle in which Salah-a-Din defeated the armies of the Christian Franks.
Source: Excerpts of an article by Edgar Asher, Ashernet
Photo Credit: IAA and Ashernet
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