A hiker in Israel finds ancient scarab dating back nearly 2,800 years while on a hike

A small glowing object seen by an Israeli hiker turned out to be an ancient scarab dating back about 2,800 years.

Erez Abrahamov, who has lived in Paduel for 45 years, was hiking in the Tabor River Reserve in Israel’s Lower Galilee when he spotted something unusual.

It was about the size of a fingernail and could have easily been overlooked, but when Abrahamov picked it up and took a closer look, he knew he had found something special.

.Erez Abrahamov with scarab seal

Eles Abrahamov found a scarab beetle while hiking. (Erez Abrahamov)

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“I took two days off from the army, so I decided to take advantage of the sunny days and travel,” Abrahamov said in a press release. “During my trip, I found something sparkling on the ground. At first I thought it was a bead or an orange stone. After picking it up, I realized there was a carving that resembled a scarab beetle. I contacted the police and reported this surprising discovery.”Israel Antiquities Authority. ”

During a call with Nil Distelfeldt Abrahamov, a member of the Israel Antiquities Authority’s anti-theft division, was questioned about his belongings.

“When I received the call from Erez, I knew he had found something special,” Distelfeld said in a press release.

scarab bear seal

The history of scarab seals dates back approximately 2,800 years. (Anastasia Shapiro, Israel Antiquities Authority)

“I told him to look closely at the other side of the scarab he found, the flat side, to see if it was carved. Immediately he heard a surprised voice on the phone, and he said, He informed me that he had identified a person.” he added.

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The scarab seal is shaped like a beetle and was sacred to the Egyptians, symbolizing rebirth and rebirth. The discovery of scarabs suggests an Assyrian or Babylonian presence in the area.

“The scarabs discovered at Tell Rekhesh may date from the Assyrian period, and may indicate that Assyrian officials (or Babylonians) were present at Tell Rekhesh during this period,” Israeli Archeology says. said Dr. Yitzhak Paz, an archaeologist at the department. said in a press release.

“The griffin depicted on the seal is an artistic motif known in ancient Near Eastern art, and is commonly seen on Iron Age seals. Considering the gender and whether the seal can actually be dated, it may be possible, based on iconographical considerations, to link this seal with the Assyrian presence in the citadel of Tell Rekesh. could be a very important discovery,” the archaeologist explained.

Mr. Neil Distelfeld of the Anti-Theft Division of the Israel Antiquities Authority

Nir Distelfeld of the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a press release that Abrahamov was recognized as a good citizen by reporting the discovery. (Anastasia Shapiro, Israel Antiquities Authority)

Mr. Abrahamov was thanked for showing good citizenship by promptly reporting his findings.


“We would like to thank Mr. Erez for demonstrating good citizenship and delivering the rare scarab to the National Treasure of the Israel Antiquities Authority,” Distelfeld said in a press release. “We awarded him a certificate on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority for demonstrating exemplary citizenship. Such a rare find will undoubtedly expand our knowledge about the past. .”



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