Wednesday, 10 July 2013

sphinx base found in hazor

Remains of a sphinx found in northern Israel

Archaeologists believe the statue indicates ties between Egyptian rulers and the ancient city of Hazor

Base of a sphinx statue found by Hebrew University  archaeologists at the Tel Hazor excavations in northern Israel. (photo credit: courtesy of archaeologists Amnon Ben-Tor and Sharon Zuckerman)

Researchers from the Hebrew University have discovered part of a sphinx in the northern archaeological site of Hazor, the university announced on Tuesday.

Professor Amnon Ben-Tor and Dr. Sharon Zuckerman unearthed the base of a sphinx that contained a hieroglyphic inscription between its feet that dated it to the third millennium BCE. The inscription contains the name Mycerinus, who was one of the Egyptian kings associated with the sphinxes built in Egypt. The inscription refers to the king by name, and describes him as ““Beloved by the divine manifestation… that gave him eternal life.”

Ben-Tor and Zuckerman said that the sphinx likely came from the ancient city of Heliopolis (the Biblical “On”), north of today’s capital city of Cairo.

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Monday, 8 July 2013

laying flowers in the grave?

The oldest example of grave flowers has been discovered in Israel.
Oldest Grave Flowers Unearthed in Israel
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Impressions of ancient flowers were recently unearthed in nearly 14,000-year-old graves in a cave 
An ancient burial pit dating to nearly 14,000 years ago contained impressions from stems and flowers of aromatic plants such as mint and sage.
The new find "is the oldest example of putting flowers and fresh plants in the grave before burying the dead," said study co-author Dani Nadel, an archaeologist at the University of Haifa in Israel.
Though the exact purpose of these plants remains a mystery, the findings, detailed today (July 1) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shed light on some of the rituals used by one of the earliest human cultures living in fixed settlements.
Ancient tombs
The burial pits, the first true gravesites in the world, were excavated nearly a half a century ago from Raqefet Cave in Mount Carmel, Israel. The people who made the tombs were part of a Natufian culture that flourished in the Near East beginning about 15,000 years ago. The region contains graves for hundreds of skeletons, including a burial of an ancient shaman woman. [In Photos: 14th-Century Black Death Grave Discovered]
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