Todd Bolen/

IN BIBLICAL SUKKOT? Tell el-Maskhuta in the Wadi Tumilat was excavated by a University of Toronto expedition that uncovered archaeological remains from Egypt’s Middle Kingdom, Saite, Persian, Ptolemaic and Roman periods. Recent excavations by Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities have also recovered remains from the Ramesside period during Egypt’s New Kingdom.

The Wadi Tumilat region was called Tjeku by the ancient Egyptians. Many scholars consider this name to be an Egyptian rendering of the Biblical name Sukkot—listed in Exodus 12:37 as one of the stations on the first leg of the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt where the Israelites baked unleavened bread (matzah).