Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

What Shishak left behind. A 15-inch stone fragment is all that remains of a 10-foot-high victory stela (see reconstruction drawing) erected by Pharaoh Shishak I at Megiddo, probably around 925 B.C. The hieroglyphic inscription on the fragment reads: “Bright is the form of the [sun-god] Re” and “Amun’s beloved, Shishak [I].”

The Shishak stela can be tied to an absolute date—the reign of Shishak I (945–924 B.C.). Unfortunately, the stela fragment was recovered in a dump, not in a stratified level, so it does not help scholars to date any other finds.