A new archaeological discovery in southern Israel near Kibbutz Lahav draws interesting connections between Egyptian and Israeli cultures.
At a press conference held in Jerusalem on the eve of Passover, the Israel Antiquities Authority revealed unique archaeological finds to the public, which attest to the existence of an Egyptian administrative center in the region 3,400 years ago.
While operating in the Tel Halif region, the Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery indentified an underground cave in which there were signs of plundering. The inspectors discovered that antiquities thieves had broken into the cave and began looting pottery vessels from 3,000 years ago and disturbed the ancient archaeological strata. The IAA officials thwarted further damage to the cave and carried out a salvage excavation there in order to save the artifacts and extremely valuable archaeological information from the robbers' pickaxes.
The excavation revealed impressive archaeological evidence dating mainly to the Late Bronze Age (circa 1500 BCE) and the Iron Age (1000 BCE). More than 300 pottery vessels of different types were found in the cave, some of which were discovered intact. Also found together with the pottery are dozens of pieces of jewelry made of bronze, shells and faience, unique vessels fashioned from yellowish alabaster, seals, seal impressions and cosmetic vessels. The objects had been placed in the cave and accumulated there for decades.