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Rare Egyptian amulet bearing ancient pharaoh’s name discovered in Jerusalem
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Neshama Spielman, 12, poses with the rare amulet she discovered while volunteering at the Temple Mount Sifting Project.. (photo credit:ADINA GRAHAM)

By DANIEL K. EISENBUD 04/19/2016 15:08 jpost.com

Name of Thutmose III, one of most prominent pharaohs in Egypt’s New Kingdom, inscribed on 3,200-year-old relic discovered by girl, 12, at Temple Mount Sifting Project

Just a few days before Passover, a 3,200-year-old Egyptian relic, discovered by a girl of 12 from Jerusalem, serves as a timely reminder of a distant, bitter-sweet past.

Neshama Spielman, who recently participated in the Temple Mount Sifting Project – which allows volunteers to sort through tons of earth illegally discarded from the site in 1999 – discovered the amulet bearing the name of a pharaoh.

The Ir David Foundation, which co-sponsors the project based in the capital’s Tzurim Valley National Park, announced on Tuesday that the pharaoh’s name turned out to be Thutmose III, of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty, who reigned between 1479 and 1425 BCE.

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Thutmose III mummy

“While I was sifting, I came across a piece of pottery that was different from others I had seen, and I immediately thought that maybe I had found something special,” said Spielman of the discovery on a slope of the Mount of Olives.

“It’s amazing to find something thousands of years old from ancient Egypt all the way here in Jerusalem! Celebrating Passover this year is going to be extra meaningful to me.”

The project, co-founded by archeologists Prof. Gabriel Barkay and Zachi Dvira in 2004 to reclaim, analyze and document the earth discarded by the Wakf Muslim religious trust, is conducted under the auspices of Bar-Ilan University, with the support of Ir David and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

According to Barkay, professor emeritus at the Hebrew University, Thutmose III was one of the most prominent pharaohs in Egypt’s New Kingdom.

“He is credited with establishing the Egyptian imperial province in Canaan, conducting 17 military campaigns to Canaan and Syria, and defeating a coalition of Canaanite kings at the city of Megiddo in 1457 BCE,” said Barkay.



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