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An Egyptian amulet about 3,300 years old was discovered in Tsipri by female students

350 XNUMXth grade students from Kiryat Bialik Ort Education participate in a concentrated week of archaeological excavations with the Galilee Antiquities Authority * The seal was uncovered during test excavations carried out as part of a project by Netibi Israel to design a new access road to Zipori

The scarab amulet found by the students. Photo: Dina Gurni, Antiquities Authority
The scarab amulet found by the students. Photo: Dina Gurni, Antiquities Authority

Schoolgirls this morning (Wednesday) uncovered a 3,300-year-old scarab-type amulet, in an archaeological dig by the Antiquities Authority. The amulet was discovered by an excavation team of female students led by an employee of the Antiquities Authority, Tsila Sorokov. The excavation is being done as part of a project by Netibi Israel to design a new access road to Tsipouri.
350 XNUMXth grade students of Kiryat Shinoch Ort Kiryat Bialik are participating this week in archaeological excavations with the Antiquities Authority throughout the Galilee. This, as part of a personal commitment project of the Ministry of Education, which aims to increase the identification of the youth with the surrounding community.
The students of the class touch the past, and experience archeological excavations at 6 different sites; In Tamra-Zoubia, Migdal Ha'Emek, Tzipori, Shlomi, Sandela and Yakneam. They excavate, filter findings, research the cultural heritage of the Galilee, and even uncover intriguing findings, the earliest of which date from the Chalcolithic period - 4500 BC, and the latest date from the Ottoman period - until the beginning of the 20th century.

According to Nimrod Getsov, the director of the excavation on behalf of the Antiquities Authority, "the excitement about the find was great, and the eyes of the students sparkled. When I went over to see what was uncovered, I was surprised to find out that it was an Egyptian amulet, because such findings are usually found in tombs. Our excavation focuses on earlier periods than that of the amulet, and it is intriguing to know how it came to be here."

According to Dr. Dafna Ben Tor, the curator of Egyptian archeology at the Israel Museum who identified the scarab, "it is an Egyptian scarab from the Ramsesian period, from the days of the 19th dynasty - the Golden Age of Pharaonic Egypt. The scarabs were often used as amulets for anyone who could afford them. In most cases they were used as burial amulets, but they were also used for life, and most of them were originally attached to rings."
According to Gilad Tsinmon, the education coordinator of the Antiquities Authority in the North, "You can learn a lot in history classes, but there is nothing like finding a greeting from the past in your hands, to connect with the heritage of this country. The almost absolute majority of the students told us that this is the first time they are meeting the world of archaeology, and it is exciting to see the curiosity and interest they show in the excavation."

According to Rami Porat, director of Ort Kiryat Bialik, "community and social involvement of students, and their actual exposure to the country, is of great importance. Next year our students will go on an expedition to Poland, and we see the archaeological dig as part of their preparation for the trip.
Most of the students were born in Israel, and it is right that they know the history of their country, alongside the history of the Jewish people as a whole. Participating in the excavations is another layer of strengthening the value of giving, alongside acquiring heritage values."

Nissim Peretz, CEO of Natibi Israel Company, said: "The project to upgrade the infrastructure in the north of the country is important and strategic, and it is done while preserving the past and the historical heritage, like all the projects that the company carries out throughout the country. The important archaeological discovery reminds us of the Zionist mission we are engaged in - the development of the State of Israel and its transportation infrastructure."


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  1. Is the exodus from Egypt actually the end of pharaonic rule over the Land of Israel? A kind of end of a mandate? When 40 years in the desert are the time of the war in Canaan? The Night of the Narratives was created during the 300 years of Pharaonic Egypt's rule over the Land of Israel. Egypt is a union of two kingdoms on both sides of the Nile. In a similar way, there was a union between the Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah. Just as Israel was influenced by the British mandate and Turkish rule, so was the Kingdom of Judah influenced by pharaonic Egypt.

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