Friday, February 5, 2016

Our Treasures Abroad, Israel: 3,500 Year-Old Seal of Pharaoh Thutmose III Found in Mount Hattin

 3,500 year-old seal of Pharaoh Thutmose III found in Israel. Photo 
Courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority facebook page. 
CAIRO: A colored seal bearing the name of ancient Egypt’s Pharaoh Thutmose III was accidentally discovered at the Mount Hattin north of Jerusalem, announced the Israel Antiquities Authority Thursday.

The seal, which carved in the shape of a scarab beetle, was discovered by a farmer, curator of Egyptian archaeology department at the Daphna Ben-Tor museum said.

“The seal represents Pharaoh Thutmose III (1481-1425 BC) seated on the throne of Egypt with his name carved in hieroglyphic. The seal indicates the impact of cultural, economic and political of Egypt in Canaan during the Late Bronze Ag,” said Ben-Tor.

Known as “the Napoleon of Egypt,” Tuthmosis III was the sixth Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty. During the first 22 years of his 54-year reign, he was co-regent with his stepmother and aunt, Queen Hatshepsut, former head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Abdel Halem Nour el-Din told The Cairo Post Tuesday.

“His statues were much smaller than those of Ramses II and Amenhotep III as he was a busy military man and an active expansionist ruler, who led 16 successful military campaigns in 20 years and was said to have captured over 300 cities and conquered much of the Near East from the Euphrates to Nubia,” said Nour el-Din.

His campaign records were transcribed onto the walls of the temple of Amun at Karnak, according to Nour el-Din, the Battle of Megiddo probably was the largest battle in any of his campaigns.
Source: Cairo Post – By/Rany Mostafa

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