Hershel Shanks

FOUND NEAR A ROMAN GRAVE this Egyptian scarab from the 20th to 19th centuries B.C. depicts a “fighting god,” his fists clenched. Under his left arm is a uraeus— the typical snake symbol of ancient Egyptian kings. How did this Egyptian scarab find its way to Emmaus? It may have been a talisman of the family buried in the grave, or there may be more ancient remains from the Early to Middle Bronze Age hiding deeper down in the strata of Emmaus.