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Egyptian scarab amulet found in Tel Aviv

A rare scarab amulet has been unearthed in the ancient city of Jaffa, which is now part of Tel Aviv.

Archaeologists excavating the ancient city of Jaffa, now part of Tel Aviv, have long uncovered evidence of Egyptian influence. Now, researchers have learned that a gateway belonging to an Egyptian fortification in Jaffa was destroyed and rebuilt at least four times. They have also found the scarab, which bears the cartouche of the Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who ruled from 1390 to 1353 B.C. Scarabs were common charms in ancient Egypt, representing the journey of the sun across the sky and the cycle of life.

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Story: LiveScience | Photo: Martin Peilstöcker, The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project

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