Israeli archeologists have unearthed an ancient Egyptian coffin complete with the skeleton of a man and several burial offerings.
The 3,300-year-old cylindrical clay sarcophagus featured a rare anthropoidal lid -- a cover in the shape of a person.
The lid showed a naturalistic impression of a man’s face, with stylized hair, ears and hands crossed over the chest -- all in the Egyptian style.
The coffin was found in the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel during work to install a gas pipeline. It was part of a burial site dating to the Late Bronze Age (13th century B.C.)
The coffin contained the skeleton of an adult male buried with a bronze dagger, a bronze bowl, pottery and hammered pieces of bronze.
Next to the skeleton, the archaeologists found an Egyptian scarab seal encased in gold and affixed to a ring which bore the name of Pharaoh Seti I, who conquered the region in the 13th century BC.
The scarab was used to seal documents and objects.
One of the most powerful kings of the Nineteenth Dynasty, Seti I was the father of Ramses II, who has been identified by some scholars as the pharaoh mentioned in the biblical story of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt.
According to the archaeologists, the seal points to a strong Egyptian influence in the Land of Israel during the second millennium B.C.