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    3,300-year-old Egyptian coffin unearthed in Jezreel Valley, Israel

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    A new discovery-- Israeli archaeologists have uncovered a mysterious Egyptian coffin in the Jezreel Valley.

    The 3,300-year-old broken ceramic coffin was uncovered during excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority. The coffin-cover featured a lid in the shape of a person with the skeleton of an adult inside. It was surrounded by a variety of pottery, including food storage vessels, tableware and animal bones. It is the first such coffin to be discovered in the region in half a century. Next to the coffin, the archaeologists also found a gold scarab ring inscribed with the name of an Egyptian King. The remains more likely belonged to an influential Canaanite man, believed to be an Egyptian army official.