Man discovers 3,400-year-old Egyptian anchor during morning swim

by Bryan Brammer · Feb 8th, 2020 2:09 pm

Israel Museum

An Israeli man discovered a 3,400-year-old Egyptian anchor during a morning swim along Israel's northern shores.

Veterinarian Rafi Bahalul, 55, spotted something quite unusual at the bottom of the Mediterranean sea while he was swimming near the shores of the small coastal town of Atlit, Israel last year.

"I saw it, kept on swimming for a few meters, then realized what I had seen and dived down to touch it," Bahalul told Haaretz. "It was like entering an Egyptian temple at the bottom of the Mediterranean."

According to a director at the Israel Antiquities Authority, Bahalul had discovered an ancient Egyptian stone anchor that was originally part of a larger ornate wall relief. The stone slab was cut from the relief and repurposed as an anchor.

The anchor is currently on loan to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem as part of its "Picture-Writing from Hieroglyphs to the Emoji" exhibit.


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