The Discovery of a “Magnificent and Untouched” Burial Chamber in Megiddo

Jerusalem. Archaeologists say they are stunned with the discovery of a “magnificent and untouched” burial chamber in the ancient city of Megiddo known from the Bible.

National Geographic states that the extraordinary discovery may provide some insight into the royal dynasty that ruled that region to the South from Haifa (present day Israel) before its conquest by Egypt in the early 15th century B.C.

For about 5000 years, since 3000 B.C. to 1918, Megiddo was an important strategic point for international military and trade routes.

Megiddo is mentioned in the Revelation of John the Theologian 16:16 as the place called “Armageddon”, which comes from Har-Megiddo, or 'Hill of Megiddo'.

Archaeologists state that they have discovered the chamber of the 15th century B.C. – the period when Megiddo was besieged for 7 months by the by the forces of the Egyptian pharaoh Thutmose III. The city surrendered, and Thutmose III turned Canaan into a province of his empire.

Israel Finkelstein and Mario Martin of Tel Aviv University and Matthew Adams of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeology, who have been conducting archaeological excavations there since 1994, discovered an underground corridor near the palaces of the bronze age in 2016.

The discovered chamber contained the remains of three people a man, a woman and a child —adorned with delicate gold and silver jewelry. The male body had been crowned with a gold diadem, which proves a high level of the local craftspeople’s skill.

“We are speaking of an elite family burial because of the monumentality of the building itself, the findings are rich and because of the fact that the burial is located close to the royal palace,” Finkelstein explains.

Moreover, in addition to the three individual burials, archaeologists found other human remains that had been interred at an earlier point according to the burial traditions of that region.

Melissa Cradic, an excavation team member, said that the condition of the three found bodies in comparison with the others that had been removed, makes sure that they were especially important.

The DNA study of the bodies found in Megiddo is supposed to define whether the common citizens of the Canaanite city were of the same background as the royal ones.

The results of the study can change the perception of the Canaanite population, since scientists assume foe a long time that the hurrians, the mountain people, that appeared in that region in 3000-4000 B.C., could play an important role in the building of the first cities in the Middle East.

“These studies can just revolutionize everything we know about the population of Canaan," - says Finkelstein

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