T. Sagiv, Israel Department of Antiquities

Three scarabs and a seal recovered from a cemetery northwest of Jericho. A scarab is a small, beetle-shaped Egyptian amulet, inscribed on its underside, often with the name of a pharaoh. Shown clockwise from upper left are scarabs bearing the names of Tuthmosis III (c. 1504–1450 B.C.E.), Amenhotep III (c. 1386–1349 B.C.E.) and Hatshepsut (c. 1503–1483 B.C.E.) and the reverse side of a seal, lower left, of Thutmosis III.

The cemetery outside Jericho has yielded a continuous series of Egyptian scarabs from the 18th through the early-14th centuries B.C.E., contradicting Kenyon’s claim that the city was abandoned after 1550 B.C.E.