The Tomb of the Egyptian General Who Reconquered Jaffa
Bible and archaeology news
February 01, 2013
Objects from the Egyptian General Djehuty’s Tomb. From Ahram Online.
Excavations at Djehuty’s tomb in Luxor (Egpyt) have uncovered a child’s sarcophagus along with collections of pottery and wrapped and carved Ushabti figurines. Djehuty is Thutmose III’s famous 15th-century B.C.E. general who sneaks into Joppa (Jaffa/Tel Aviv) in the Egyptian story “The Capture of Joppa,” a tale that is reminiscent of the Greek Trojan Horse. Djehuty’s tomb includes inscriptions with the names of both Hatshepsut and Thutmosis III, suggesting that he served as a general for both pharaohs. Archaeologists working on the project state that the sarcophagus belongs to a child who died during the 17th Dynasty, while the Ushabti figurines date to the 18th Dynasty, the period in which Djehuty lived and served as a general.
Interested in Djehuty’s conquests in Jaffa? Read the Bible History Daily feature “Excavations Highlight Late Bronze Age Jaffa.”