Israeli hiker found 2800-year-old Syriac-Assyrian scarab seal

GALILEE, Israel — The 45-year-old Israeli soldier Erez Avrahamov found a 2800-year-old artifact belonging to the Syriac-Assyrian civilization.

“I saw something shimmering on the ground. At first, I thought it was a bead or an orange stone. Then, I realized it had engravings resembling a beetle. I reported the amazing find to the Antiquities Authority,” Avrahamov stated.

According to Professor Emeritus Othmer Kiel from the University of Friborg in Switzerland, such scarabs were widely used as seals across the ancient world, dating back to the 4th millennium BCE.