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3,700-Year-Old Scarab Seal Found by Birdwatcher Near Haifa

A 3,700-year-old scarab seal dated to the 13th Dynasty. (Tel Dor Excavations, courtesy) (Tel Dor Excavations, courtesy)

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.

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