Daily Israel Report

Found: Ancient Egyptian City from Biblical Times

Egypt announces that an ancient city from 3,500 years ago – at the height of the Jewish People’s enslavement there – has been discovered by radar.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 6/22/2010, 11:18 AM / Last Update: 6/22/2010, 11:21 AM

Egypt announces that an ancient city from 3,500 years ago – at the height of the Jewish People’s enslavement there – has been discovered by radar.

Egypt says an ancient city from 3,500 years ago – at the height of the Jewish People’s enslavement there – has been discovered by radar. The announcement was made by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.

BBC reports that Austrian archaeologists used radar imaging to find the underground outlines of the city, located in the now densely-populated Nile Delta area.

The city is believed to be Avaris, the summer capital of the Hyksos people, foreign occupiers who ruled Egypt for about a century, beginning around the mid-17th century BCE. It was during that time that the Children of Israel began their sojourn in Egypt, which continued later with a “new king who did not know Joseph” (Exodus 1:8), enslavement, and later, the miraculous Exodus.

The radar images show the outlines of streets and houses underneath what are now green farm fields and modern towns.

"The aim of the geophysical survey,” said Austrian archaeological team head Irene Mueller, “was to identify the size of the ancient city… The mission also identified one of the Nile river tributaries that passed through the city, as well as two islands.”