Although Mashkhuta excavators have not found occupation levels earlier than the Persian dating period, they have found Hyksos or pre-Hyksos burials dating to the Middle Bronze Age II A. These burials, say the excavators, “give evidence for some yet undefined earlier use of the site.” See Burton MacDonald, “Excavations at Tell el-Mashkhuta,” Biblical Archeologist Vol. 43, No. 1, p. 49 (1980). Some of the burial practices were similar to the burial practices found among Asiatics buried at Tell Daba which Professor Goedicke believes to be Ra’amezez.