Back in May, Manfred Bietak and Irene Forstner-Mueller of the University of Vienna announced the discovery of a broken Babylonian clay tablet from the Hyksos capital at Tell el-Dab’a in Egypt. Todd Bolen posted an English translation of the new release. The tablet appears to be part of a letter. Well, Irene Forstner-Mueller has now found a Babylonian seal.
Austrian archaeologists have found a Babylonian seal in Egypt that confirms contact between the Babylonians and the Hyksos during the second millennium B.C.
Irene Forstner-Müller, the head of the Austrian Archaeological Institute’s (ÖAI) branch office in Cairo, said today (Thurs) the find had occurred at the site of the ancient town of Avaris near what is today the city of Tell el-Dab’a in the eastern Nile delta. [Austrian Times]
Together, these two finds provide evidence of contact between the Nile Valley and Mesopotamia in general, between the Hyksos and the Babylonians specifically, around 1600 BCE. I don’t find this all that surprising but it’s always good to have evidence.
Also unsurprisingly, several bloggers beat me to this one.