K. Smith, USCD Levantine Archaeology Laboratory

A chariot or hunting scene is depicted on this Egyptian scarab found at Khirbat en-Nahas. Scarabs provide important chronological links to Egyptian history. Although the date of this particular scarab is relatively broad (150 years), its connection to the 20th–21st Dynasties in Egypt (c. 1150–1000 B.C.E.) provides additional evidence that the lowlands of Edom were already occupied during the early Iron Age.