Rafi Bahalul was taking an early morning swim off the shores of Atlit, Israel, when he identified hieroglyphs in the seabed.
” I saw it, kept swimming for a few meters, then understood what I had actually seen and dived down to touch it,” Bahalul told Haaretz “It resembled getting in an Egyptian temple at the bottom of the Mediterranean.”.
Bahalul had actually found a 3,400- year-old Egyptian stone anchor, confirmed by Jacob Sharvit, head of the Israel Antiquities Authority’s maritime archaeology unit.
The anchor is presently on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and is on display screen as part of its Emoglyphs: Picture-Writing from Hieroglyphs to the Emoji exhibit.
Emoglyphs is the study of the change of picture composing from Egyptian hieroglyphs, established some 5,000 years back, to the ’em ojis’ of the 21 st Century.
Shirly Ben Dor Evian, curator of Emoglyphs, said the stone would have at first become part of a bigger, elaborate wall relief. Repurposed as an anchor, it was cut from the relief and drilled with a hole to connect a rope.
” The stone was discovered by opportunity– identified on the seabed by a swimmer,” Ben Dor Evian told ABC News and stated the antique is still being looked into. “The Egyptian relief was reused as a stone anchor on a ship cruising the Mediterranean coast,” she said.
Resolving the secret of how the Egyptian relic was discovered off the coast of Israel, Ben Dor Evian proposed that it was separated from an Egyptian ship cruising the Mediterranean coast, perhaps lost in a shipwreck.
” The ship crew must have lost the anchor or the ship was shipwrecked,” she said, adding that whether the anchor can add to a brand-new understanding of ancient Egyptian life is “still under research.”
The website where Bahalul made the chance discovery, simply south of Haifa, was already understood to archaeologists, according to the Jerusalem Post
Illustrated on the stone are the hands of Seshat, the Goddess of Composing, Ben Dor Evian said. An accompanying engraving checks out, “mistress of the house of books.”.
Emoglyphs will be showing up until October 12 th.