The gorgeous rainbow scarab beetle (Phanaeus vindex) found in the restored Hanover, IL prairie! We collected not only alpha males but also juveniles and females, indicating multiple generations, and therefore a healthy prairie. So happy!
Excuse the face lol Still unfinished(have to get some in Arabic under it)but when finished will represent my first known existence on this earth. Glad I decided to try learning Arabic. I can feel this is one of the most important decisions I’ve ever made.
Limestone Heart Scarab Ancient Egypt Ptolemaic, 305-30 BC
Heart scarabs were placed on the throat, chest, or heart of the mummy. Heart scarabs provided the bearer with the assurance that at the final judgment as depicted in the Book of the Dead, the bearer would be found “True of Voice” and accepted into the eternal afterlife by the God Osiris.
This heart scarab shows the face of Bes, dwarf-God believed to guard against evil spirits and misfortune, along with a cartouche with the Sun God Ra holding an Ankh on the top. Five lines of vertical hieroglyphics on the bottom including Anubis, a bird and cartouches.
Hiker Discovers 3,500-Year-Old Egyptian Seal in Galilee
An Israeli hiker on Tuesday accidentally discovered a 3,500-year-old Egyptian seal in the hills of Lower Galilee in northern Israel.
While on a hiking trip with his children at the Karnei Hittin historic site, Amit Haklai noticed a conspicuous, white object amidst the black basalt rocks. On closer inspection, Haklai noticed that it was carved in the shape of a scarab (beetle) and was covered with several hieroglyphs. He reported the find to the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The seal was later inspected by Dr. Daphna Ben-Tor, curator of Egyptian archeology at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. She identified the artifact as a 3,500-year-old sacred amulet popular in the ancient Egyptian empire, which included Galilee. Read more.