Thutmose III Egyptian Amulet Found in Jerusalem

         Neshama Spielman, 12, was 8 years old when she found the amulet during a dig inside the Emek Tzurim national park

by | May 18, 2016 | Evidence | ….

In 2011, eight-year-old Neshama Spielman discovered a rare ancient Egyptian amulet, while working at the Temple Mount Sifting Project in Jerusalem. Recently, archaeologists finally deciphered its intricate inscriptions. The Egyptian hieroglyphics revealed the name of Thutmose III, one of the most powerful pharaohs in Egypt’s history.

Thutmose III was one of the most powerful pharaohs of the New Kingdom’s 18th Dynasty ….

The little amulet was found amongst the rubble at the Temple Mount Sifting Project. This organization headed by archaeologists Dr. Gabriel Barkay and Zachi Dvira, was begun in Jerusalem to sift through the massive amounts of debris that were illegally removed from the Temple Mount by the Islamic Waqf in 1999. Concerned that artifacts going back as far as Jerusalem’s First and Second Temple periods would be lost forever, the project uses thousands of volunteers to work countless hours washing and sorting the material in hopes of recovering some of the ancient past.

Since the inception of the Temple Mount Sifting Project in 2004, over 170,000 people from around the world have taken part in the sifting, This magnitude of participation is unprecedented in the area of archaeological research. The Project is organized under the auspices of Bar-Ilan University with the support of the City of David Foundation and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Those who are traveling to Israel and wish to participate in the project can find more information at the Temple Mount Website.

…. Spielman made the incredible find when she came with her family to take part in the Sifting Project. “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,” she said in a press release.


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