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Egyptian anchor decorated with an image of the & # 39; Lady of the House of Books & # 39; found in Israel

A veterinarian discovers a 3,400-year-old Egyptian anchor decorated with an image of the "Lady of the House of Books" and other hieroglyphs while swimming on the coast of Israel

  • A veterinarian discovered a 3,400-year-old Egyptian anchor while swimming on the coast of Atilt, Israel
  • The limestone slab is engraved with hieroglyphs and an image of the goddess Seshat, the deity of writing.
  • Experts believe that the slab once adorned the wall of a temple or inside a royal room and was reused

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A veterinarian discovered a 3,400-year-old Egyptian anchor adorned with images of the goddess Seshat and other hieroglyphs while swimming on the shores of Atilt, Israel.

The trapezoid anchor with rounded corners has a large hole drilled near the top that can be tied with a rope.

It is said that the artifact originated in a large decorated relief that came from a royal temple or enclosure that gave the mark carved into the stone.

Experts believe that the limestone slab has been locked in the sand until a recent storm brought it to the surface last month.

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A veterinarian discovered a 3,400-year-old Egyptian anchor adorned with images of the goddess Seshat and other hieroglyphs while swimming on the shores of Atilt, Israel. The trapezoid anchor with rounded corners has a large hole drilled near the top that can be tied with a rope.

A veterinarian discovered a 3,400-year-old Egyptian anchor adorned with images of the goddess Seshat and other hieroglyphs while swimming on the shores of Atilt, Israel. The trapezoid anchor with rounded corners has a large hole drilled near the top that can be tied with a rope.

Rafi Bahalul, the veterinarian who made the discovery, said HAARETZ: "I saw it, I kept swimming a few meters, then I realized what I had seen and dived to touch it."

"It was like entering an Egyptian temple at the bottom of the Mediterranean."

Archaeologists determined that the anchor was used by a ship during the Bronze Age and could have been lost in a shipwreck.

Although similar anchors have been discovered in the area, this is rare due to its unique inscriptions, which experts believe may have been taken from a wall inside a royal temple or hall.

However, the goddess's face was remarkably chiseled, which Ben-Dor Evian believes is because they were reusing something that was once sacred.

However, the goddess's face was remarkably chiseled, which Ben-Dor Evian believes is because they were reusing something that was once sacred.

However, the goddess's face was remarkably chiseled, which Ben-Dor Evian believes is because they were reusing something that was once sacred.

Shirly Ben-Dor Evian, curator of Egyptian archeology at the museum, explained that during this time, the stone was a very valuable asset & # 39; and it makes sense that each stone be recycled, no matter how important its original function was.

Shirly Ben-Dor Evian, curator of Egyptian archeology at the museum, explained that during this time, the stone was a very valuable asset & # 39; and it makes sense that each stone be recycled, no matter how important its original function was.

Shirly Ben-Dor Evian, curator of Egyptian archeology at the museum, explained that during this time, the stone was a very valuable asset & # 39; and it makes sense that each stone be recycled, no matter how important its original function was.

Shirly Ben-Dor Evian, curator of Egyptian archeology at the museum, explained that during this time, the stone was a very valuable asset "and it makes sense that each stone be recycled, no matter how important its original function was."

However, this has opened a new investigation on where the engraved stone originated and what was its initial purpose.

What stands out most in the limestone slab is the image of a woman writing on a table, which is the goddess Seshat, the ancient Egyptian deity of writing, explained Ben-Dor Evian.

Seshat had temples erected especially for her, but it has been engraved on the walls of other sanctuaries "taking note of the spoils brought from military campaigns or helping the king to take measures for the establishment of a new sacred site," HAARETZ reported.

It is known as "divine scribe, librarian, record keeper, engineer and teacher of the house of books."

Archaeologists determined that the anchor was used by a ship during the Bronze Age and could have been lost in a shipwreck. Although similar anchors have been discovered in the area, this is rare due to its unique inscriptions, which experts believe may have been taken from a wall inside a royal temple or hall

Archaeologists determined that the anchor was used by a ship during the Bronze Age and could have been lost in a shipwreck. Although similar anchors have been discovered in the area, this is rare due to its unique inscriptions, which experts believe may have been taken from a wall inside a royal temple or hall

Archaeologists determined that the anchor was used by a ship during the Bronze Age and could have been lost in a shipwreck. Although similar anchors have been discovered in the area, this is rare due to its unique inscriptions, which experts believe may have been taken from a wall inside a royal temple or hall

Ben-Dor Evian believes that this slab may have been part of one of the royal reliefs that were established in temples throughout Egypt that may have been torn down and this part was reused as an anchor.

However, the goddess's face was remarkably chiseled, which Ben-Dor Evian believes is because they were reusing something that was once sacred.

"You cannot use the image of a goddess as an anchor, so you disfigure her and then she is no longer a goddess," he explained.

Another theory may be that this was a time when a new pharaoh came to power and tried to erase the memory and works of his rival predecessors.

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