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Tell el-Maskhuta: Preliminary Report on the Wadi Tumilat Project, 1978-1979

Tell el-Maskhuta: Preliminary Report on the Wadi Tumilat Project, 1978-1979

Tell el-Maskhuta: Preliminary Report on the Wadi Tumilat Project, 1978-1979

Edited by John S. Holladay Jr.
1982. The American Research Center in Egypt
x + 160 pages + 3 foldouts + 46 b-w plates. 29 cm
ARCE reports series 6 (Cities of the Delta, part 3)
Paper ISBN 089 003 084 7 
Distributed by Eisenbrauns
Tell el-Maskhuta was long supposed to be either the store city of Pithom mentioned in Exodus, or Succoth, one of the cities along the route of the Exodus. Beginning in 1978, a University of Toronto expedition surveyed the area with revolutionary results. Structures identified by a nineteenth-century excavator as "storehouses of the children of Israel," and dated by him to the thirteenth century BC, were found to date much later–the second and third centuries BC. The major settlement at the site dates from the late seventh century BC and seems to be connected with the first canal built through the area to carry the goods of India and southern Arabia to Mediterranean markets.

Evidence developed by the Toronto excavations suggests that the canal was once as important in world economics (and as great a cause of international conflict) as the Suez Canal. The excavations also shed new light on the origins of the Hyskos and revealed some of the earliest direct evidence of Christianity in Egypt.
  • John S. Holladay Jr, director of the University of Toronto excavations at Tell el-Maskhuta, is professor emeritus in the university's Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations.

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