Canaanite necropolis found near Bethlehem
|The opening to two of the tombs at the Khalet al-Jam'a necropolis |
near the town of Bethlehem [Credit: Sapienza University Rome]
Among the findings at the site there are artefacts typical of burials, such as carinated bowls, small shouldered bowls, lamps, Cannanite jars, bronze daggers and spearheads. The tombs include chambers cut on the rocky hillside, taking advantage of natural cavities. One of the daggers is a Mycenaean type of the late Bronze Age.
|Bronze Age blade found at the Bethlehem necropolis |
[Credit: Sapienza University Rome]
Another intriguing tomb contained two “Hyksos-like” signet amulets, known as scarabs. It’s possible that, rather than being imported from Egypt, the scarabs were made locally. They show the direct interconnection and contiguity between the ruling class in southern Palestinian cities and the Pharaonic court reigning in Tell el-Dab’a, ancient Avaris, the Hyksos capital of Egypt between 1750BC-1650BC, said Lorenzo Nigro, head of the excavation and professor at Sapienza University of Rome.
|In the tomb labeled A2, archaeologists found two Egyptian-like amulets, |
known as scarabs [Credit: Sapienza University Rome]
Source: Archaiologia Online [March 07, 2016]