These 3,500-year-old pictures of naked women if old a fertility drug?

A Latin inscription was found during excavations of a fertility goddess.
(Gabi Laron/the Tel Rehov excavations-The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

An inscription on an ancient scarab, and the five clay tablets with images of naked women are found to be in Rehob, with a 3,500-year-old city in Israel.

The engravings probably represent ancient goddesses of fertility, such as a Forest or Ashtarte, Amihai Mazar, an archaeology professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said that the progress of Science. “[They] are to be used in the home, as some of the most popular domestic religious practices in the domestic sphere, particularly with regard to the fertility of the women,” This said in an e-mail, note the fact that similar carvings have been found at other archaeological sites in the region.

The excavation revealed that the Rehob (also known as Tel Rehov), it was founded about 3500 years ago, and the city flourished at a time when Egypt controlled much of the region. Rehob was first built in the neighborhood of Beth Shean, a city that is protected by an ancient garrison on the island, This and Davidovich wrote in the journal article. [The-25-Most Mysterious Archaeological Finds on Earth]

This, and Uri Davidovich, a professor at the same university, detailed their findings in an article recently published in the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

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Inscribed scarab

Made from a mineral called talc, the scarab beetle, contains a hieroglyphic inscription that is to say, that it is made out to a deceased man named “Amenemhat,” which was “scribe of the house of the overseer of sealed items”, according to how far David’s is the translation of the inscription.

The “sealed areas” referred to in the title represent a variety of products and materials that are to be dealt with by the administration,” wrote David, an archaeology professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in the appendix to the journal article.

It is a puzzle as to who this person was, and what the beetle was doing in the building in which it was found. “Because there is no other explanation of Amenemhat ‘the author of the house of the overseer of sealed items,” we don’t know anything else about him, including where he was buried,” and David said to the of Science e-mail address. [Photo: the Mummies were Discovered in the tomb of the Ancient Egyptian City of]

David noted that it is possible that Amenemhat, never lived in, or visited, Rehob, and the scarab has been used in to Rehob, as a reminder of Egypt’s control over the area.

The mysterious structure is

With the scarab, and two of these inscriptions have been found in a large building, the purpose of which the total size is not known. It has not yet been fully excavated yet, but it seems to have been a major and large-scale public structures. The thick stone walls, the placement of the supports, a spacious courtyard with a large entrance hall, to the south, the deep pile foundations and a solid construction to fill in all of the witnesses for the non-domestic nature,” This and Davidovich wrote.

More research needs to be done in order to determine exactly what it was used for. It may be a part of a royal palace, an administrative building, or of an elite, a person’s place of residence, Blueberry, and Davidovich wrote.

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