An Israeli birdwatcher found something surprising while he went about his day in Tel Dor, an archaeological site located south of Haifa, Israel: an ancient Egyptian amulet. He handed the discovery to Haifa University archaeologists, and they told writers at the Times of Israel more about the discovery:
The seal is believed to have belonged to an Egyptian official of the Thirteenth Pharaonic dynasty dating as far back as the 18th century BCE.
"The scarab belonged to a very senior figure in the kingdom, probably the viceroy responsible for the royal treasury,” Ayelet Gilboa of the University of Haifa, co-head of excavations at Tel Dor, said in a statement.
“The role of the seal’s owner was similar to that of Joseph in Pharaoh’s kingdom after he interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams,’ she said.