Add this to the trove of only-in-Israel stories. A man was out hiking with his family in the Lower Galilee region of Israel when he stumbled upon a 3,500-year-old artifact.
While walking with his children, the farmer from Kfar Hittim spotted the engraved, beetle shaped object and called the Antiquities Authority in order to learn what was written upon it.
Dr. Dafna Ben-Tor, curator of Ancient Egypt at the Israel Museum, identified the seal as a scarab amulet from the New Kingdom, the period stretching from the 16th-11th centuries BCE.
According to Ben-Tor, the amulet shows “shows King Pharaoh Thutmose III seated on the throne” alongside the monarch’s name, she said.
History truly does come alive in the Holy Land!