Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Ancient Egyptian Fragment Points to Israel Ties

English and Israeli archeologists have discovered a rare, four-centimeter-long stone fragment at the point where the Jordan River exits Lake Kinneret. The piece ~ part of a carved stone plaque bearing archaic Egyptian signs ~ depicts an arm and hand grasping a scepter and an early form of the ankh sign.

It is the first artifact of its type ever found in an archaeological site outside Egypt and has been attributed to the period of Egypt's First Dynasty, at around 3000 BC.

Earlier discoveries, both in Egypt and at Bet Yerah, have indicated that there was direct interaction between the Israel site and the Egyptian royal court. The new discovery suggests that these contacts were of far greater local significance than had been suspected.

Click here for the Jerusalem Post article.

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