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The grave seems to be a family tomb for eight children ages 5–10 years and nine adults, of whom the oldest was about 40 years old.
The life expectancy was much shorter back then than it is today,’ says Fischer.
The inscription refers to Egypt’s most powerful pharaoh Thutmose III (1479–1425 BC), during whose reign Egypt peaked in size and influence as he conquered both Syria and parts of Mesopotamia, present-day Iraq.‘We also found evidence in the city of large-scale manufacturing and purple-dying of textiles.
According to Fischer, the painting of the woman’s dress is highly advanced and shows how wealthy women dressed around this time.
The motif can also be found on frescos for example in the Palace of Knossos in Heraklion, Crete. Two of the stone scarabs are gold-mounted and one features hieroglyphs spelling ‘men-kheper-re’ next to an illustration of a pharaoh.
The motif of the woman, possibly a goddess, is Minoan, which means it is from Crete, but the vase was manufactured in Greece.
Back in those days, Crete was becoming a Greek ”colony”,’ says Fischer.
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