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Another, less likely possibility is that the coffin belonged to a wealthy local individual who imitated Egyptian funerary customs.
Next to the skeleton, the archaeologists found an Egyptian scarab seal encased in gold and affixed to a ring which bore the name of Seti I, the Pharaoh who conquered the region in the 13th century B.C.
One of the most powerful kings of the Nineteenth Dynasty, Seti I was the father of Ramses II, identified by some scholars as the pharaoh in the biblical story of the Israelites' exodus from Egypt.
According to the archaeologists, the seal points to a strong Egyptian influence in the Land of Israel, and the Jezreel Valley in particular, during the second millennium B.C.
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The Israel Antiquities Authority is now planning an in-depth analysis of the man's remains, including DNA testing, to determine whether he was originally a Canaanite or an Egyptian person who was buried in Canaan.
Photo: Parts of the coffin's lid after an initial cleaning. Photograph: Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority