A 3,300-year-old Egyptian coffin was recently uncovered in Israel’s northern Jezreel Valley.
The finding, announced Wednesday, is considered the first of its kind in half a century.
The coffin bears the name of Seti I, a Pharaoh of great influence from the Bronze Age, from which the tomb dates.
The tomb contained the corpse of what is believed to have been a local nobleman, as well as a signet ring also bearing Seti’s name.
“During the excavation we discovered a unique and rare find: a cylindrical clay coffin with an anthropoidal lid (a cover fashioned in the image of a person) surrounded by a variety of pottery consisting mainly of storage vessels for food, tableware, cultic vessels and animal bones,” stated Israel Antiquities Authority excavation directors Dr. Edwin van den Brink, Dan Kirzner and Dr. Ron Be’eri.
“We can’t rule out the possibility that it may simply be a wealthy person who knew the Egyptian burial customs and preferred to be buried like an Egyptian, but in my opinion this possibility is less likely,” Be’eri added.
The archaeologists actually uncovered the coffin last month, but withheld their findings until this week, when the news was made public. The tomb was discovered during routine excavation work for the installation of a new gas pipeline.