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Israeli archaeologists unearth ancient sarcophagus

English.news.cn   2014-04-10 06:37:23

JERUSALEM, April 9 (Xinhua) -- A 3,200-year-old coffin containing Egyptian valuables that archaeologists believe belonged to a high-ranking Canaanite official has been discovered in northern Israel, Israel's Antiquities Authority announced on Wednesday.

The clay sarcophagus was found last December in the Jezreel Valley near Tel Shadud in northern Israel during the digging of a natural gas pipeline.

Inside the sarcophagus archaeologists found a ring bearing the name of the Egyptian Pharaoh Seti I who ruled ancient Egypt in the 13th century B.C..

"The lid is sculpted like a human with a face and ears, but the main difference with the Egyptian burial sites is that the body is not mummified. Our hypothesis is that the person was probably a high ranking Canaanite officer, civil servant or governor, who worked in the area for his Egyptian rulers," archaeologist Edwin Van den Brink said.

Van den Brink said the possibility that the man was an Egyptian soldier or governor is slim because they were unlikely to be buried outside Egypt.

A small golden scarab and a dagger were found in the coffin as well, signifying that the man could have been in the military.

"We need to run DNA tests to verify if this was a Canaanites or an Egyptian man," Van den Brink said.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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