There are testaments, there are manuscripts and there are epics. So, historians, archaeologists and researchers abide by some and ignore some. And, then docks in a discovery which incites allurement towards a text and at the same instance projects light on some event.
This is exactly what happened when the team of underwater archaeologists was in search of ancient shipwrecks and artefacts from the Stone and Bronze Age trade in the Red Sea, and suddenly they came across a huge pile of human bones dated back to the 14th century BC.
This has been officially announced by the Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry, as found at the bottom of the Gulf of Seuz. It is 1.5 km offshore from the modern city of Ras Gharib.
Almost 400 different types of skeletons have been discovered by a team of scientists. Professor Abdel Muhammad Gader, Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University led the team. The artifacts present included hundreds of weapons, pieces of armor, reminiscent of 2 war chariots and the like. All this was found in an area of almost 200 square meters. In accordance with the archaeologist, there is a probability of finding more than 5,000 other bodies.
Amidst a plethora of artifacts, a blade from an Egyptian Khopesh has been deemed as one of the most pertinent weapons of its time. Since, it was discovered near the war chariot, which was ornately carved the team believe that it could have been of a prince of a nobleman.
Professor Gader and his team believe that the bodies can be related to the renowned Exodus, in accordance with the clues. The researchers were not able to find any trace of boats or ships in the area. And, this indicates to the fact that the ancient soldiers might have died on the land. Again, the position of the bodies is such that it indicates that they died owing to a tidal wave or mudslide. The large numbers of bodies do indicate to a big-sized army. All these facts indicate to the biblical version of the Red Sea Crossing.
In the Biblical version the army of the Egyptian Pharaoh was destroyed by the returning war, which had been parted by Moses. With the aid of the recent discovery, it is confirmed that it was during the reign of King Akhenaten, that there was an Egyptian army which was destroyed by the Red Sea waters.
In fact, considering the discovery the scientists and the researchers are optimistic about finding the rest of the bodies and artifacts. It is definitely one of the most pertinent archaeological underwater sites ever unfurled.
This implies the truth of the Old Testament. It also gives hope to new researches and discovery about the Red Sea Crossing. Stay optimistic for more discoveries, novel artifacts and new indications.
Featured image: Passage of the Jews through the Red Sea, 1891, painting of Ivan Aivazovskiy