Construction workers working in Israel Palmathim Beach National Park Discover caves from the time of Ramesses II, “What looks like an Indiana Jones movie set.” According to the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The discovery was made on Sept. 14, when a drilling rig created a hole that provided a view inside the mysterious chamber, officials said.
“Archaeologists descended a ladder into an astonishing space where time seemed to stand still,” officials reported in a Facebook post.
“The sheer cavern was square and had a central pillar. Dozens of intact pottery and bronze artifacts were lined up in the cave just as they were arranged in a burial ceremony some 3,300 years ago. These Vessels were funerary offerings attached to the deceased in the belief that they would serve them in the afterlife.”
Authorities have not reported whether there were bones or other human remains among the artifacts, including pottery and bronze items.
The cave dates back to the time of Ramesses II, “the pharaoh associated with the biblical Exodus from Egypt,” officials said.
According to Bronze Age expert Eli Yannai, “The fact that the cave was sealed allows us to employ modern scientific methods available today to obtain a great deal of information from artifacts that are invisible to the naked eye. with the Israel Antiquities Authority.
“This cave may provide an overview of Late Bronze Age funerary practices.”
Officials said much of the pottery found was intact, including storage jars and chalices with feet. Some of the containers came from Lebanon and Cyprus and may have contained “expensive goods,” officials said.
Security guards were deployed to the scene shortly after the discovery, but “several items were looted from the cave before it was sealed,” officials said. An investigation into the theft is ongoing.
“In the next few days, we will develop plans to carry out research and protection of this unique site, a feast of the archaeological world and the ancient history of the land of Israel,” the official reports.
According to the Palmachim National Park website, Palmachim National Park contains “the ruins of Yabneyam, an ancient port city of the Middle Canaanite period.” Previous excavations at the park have uncovered “ancient water systems and agricultural implements,” officials said.