Photo Credit: Sky View / courtesy, Tel Dor expedition
Tel Dor excavation site, aerial view

The second possibility is that the scarab arrived at Dor at a much later stage, perhaps even during the Roman period, when there was demand for such “antiques.” Prof. Gilboa adds: “Since the scarab rolled down from the mound and was not found in its archeological context, we will probably never really know when and how it got here and where it has been.”

The excavations at Tel Dor will resume this July. Anyone who is interested is invited to participate. This fascinating scarab is displayed at the Mizgaga Museum in Kibbutz Nahsholim, alongside many other finds from Dor.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.