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Rare intact burial cave with Bronze Age artifacts from the time of Ramesses II discovered in Israel 

Archaeologists have found an intact burial cave containing dozens of artifacts dating back to the time of Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II.

‘Like an Indiana Jones set’: Rare intact burial cave with dozens of late Bronze Age artifacts from the time of Ramses II discovered in Israel

  • Archaeologists found an intact burial site in the Palmahim National Park in Israel
  • The site has remained virtually intact for 3,300 years and contains bronze pots, jars, pottery, and war tools.
  • “This is a once-in-a-lifetime find,” said archaeologist Eli Yannai. It’s not every day you see an ‘Indiana Jones’ set.
  • The burial chamber was carved into the bedrock in the shape of a square, with a pillar supporting its roof.

Archaeologists have found an intact burial cave containing dozens of artifacts dating back to the time of Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II.

The discovery of the space, described by officials as “frozen in time”, was made by accident when a mechanical excavator hit the roof of the structure at a beach spot in Palmahim National Park.

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The burial site contains dozens of intact pottery and bronze vessels, jars and bowls of various kinds, cooking vessels, and oil lamps. There were also very small vessels that had contained small amounts of precious substances.

Archaeologists have found an intact burial cave containing dozens of artifacts dating back to the time of Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II.

Archaeologists have found an intact burial cave containing dozens of artifacts dating back to the time of Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II.

The discovery of the space, described by officials as “frozen in time”, was made by accident when a mechanical excavator hit the roof of the cave structure at a beach spot in Palmahim National Park.

Archaeologists also unearthed some war tools such as arrowheads and spearheads made of bronze.

Eli Yannai, a Bronze Age expert with the Israel Antiquities Authority, confirmed that the site contained a large number of different items that were meant to serve the dead in the afterlife.

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“This is a once-in-a-lifetime find,” Yannai told the Jerusalem Post. “It’s not every day you see an ‘Indiana Jones’ set: a cave with pots on the floor that haven’t been touched for 3,300 years. We’re talking about the Late Bronze Age. These are precisely the days of the famous King Ramses II, which some identify with the story of the Exodus.

‘The fact that these people were buried along with weapons, including whole arrows, shows that these people could have been warriors, perhaps they were guards on ships, which may have been why they were able to get ships from all over the area. . ‘ archaeologist David Gelman told DW.com.

The burial site contains intact ceramic and bronze vessels, jugs and bowls of various types, kitchen vessels, and oil lamps.

The burial site contains intact ceramic and bronze vessels, jugs and bowls of various types, kitchen vessels, and oil lamps.

The burial chamber was carved into the bedrock in the shape of a square, with a pillar supporting its roof.

Authorities believe that this burial site may have served a family or clan.

However, not much more can be said about the bodies. In contrast to the artifacts from the grave site, the preservation of the bodies was poor, meaning that DNA extraction and analysis will not be carried out.

Some of the bodies had been placed on their backs, while some appear to have supplanted other bodies, he told Haaretz.

Researchers do not know which settlement they may have been associated with.

“It may have been lost to the sea over time,” Yannai said.

“The fact that these people were buried along with weapons, including whole arrows, shows that these people could have been warriors,” said David Gelman. Above: Palmahim Beach in southern Israel

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