An Extremely Rare Ramesses II-Era Burial Cave Found in Israel

Even those who are not well-versed in the Hebrew bible or Old Testament stories should have heard the one about Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. That is why it may come as a surprise to hear the latest news out of Israel, where construction workers cracked open what turned out to be burial cave filled with items dating back the 13th century BCE reign of Ramesses II – the very same pharaoh most biblical scholars have identified as the one in charge or Egypt when Moses and the Israelites left. What is this unusual tomb doing near Tel Aviv? And why do archeologists say exploring this tomb is like being in a real-life Indiana Jones movie? Was it filled with snakes?

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