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Amulets in Context: A View from Late Bronze Age Tel Azekahs

Ido Koch, Sabine Kleiman, Manfred Oeming, Yuval Gadot, Oded Lipschits


This paper presents evidence for the function of Egyptian amulets in daily life at Late Bronze Age Tel Azekah. The finding of the remains of two individuals in a destroyed Late Bronze Age building along with clusters of Egyptian scarabs and figurative amulets indicates that these artifacts were their personal belongings. It is argued that these Egyptian-originated charm practices were adopted and adapted by the locals, who incorporated them into their own religion.

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