Red Sea: Archaeologists Discover Remains of Egyptian Army From the Biblical Exodus

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Suez| Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry announced this morning that a team of underwater archaeologists had discovered that remains of a large Egyptian army from the 14th century BC, at the bottom of the Gulf of Suez, 1.5 kilometers offshore from the modern city of  Ras Gharib. The team was searching for the remains of ancient ships and artefacts related to Stone Age and Bronze Age trade in the Red Sea area, when they stumbled upon a gigantic mass of human bones darkened by age. 

The scientists lead by Professor Abdel Muhammad Gader and associated with Cairo University’s Faculty of Archaeology, have already recovered a total of more than 400 different skeletons, as well as hundreds of weapons and pieces of armor, also the remains of two war chariots, scattered over an area of approximately 200 square meters. They estimate that more than 5000 other bodies could be dispersed over a wider area, suggesting that an army of large size who have perished on the site.

This magnificient blade from an egyptian khopesh,  was certainly the weapon of an important character. It was discovered near the remains of a highly decorated war chariot, suggesting it could have belonged to a prince or nobleman.

This magnificient blade from an egyptian khopesh, was certainly the weapon of an important character. It was discovered near the remains of a richly decorated war chariot, suggesting it could have belonged to a prince or nobleman.

Many clues on the site have brought Professor Gader and his team to conclude that the bodies could be linked to the famous episode of the Exodus. First of all, the ancient soldiers seem to have died on dry ground, since no  traces of boats or ships have been found in the area. The positions of the bodies and the fact that they were stuck in a vast quantity of clay and rock, implie that they could have died in a mudslide or a tidal wave.

The shear number of bodies suggests that a large ancient army perished on the site and the dramatic way by which they were killed, both seem to corroborate the biblical version of the Red Sea Crossing, when the army of the Egyptian Pharaoh was destroyed by the returning waters that Moses had parted. This new find certainly proves that there was indeed an Egyptian army of large size that was destroyed by the waters of the Red Sea during the reign of King Akhenaten.

The famous biblical account of the "Red Sea Crossing" was dismisseded by many scholars and historians as more symbolic than historical.

For centuries, the famous biblical account of the “Red Sea Crossing” was dismissed by most scholars and historians as more symbolic than historical.

This astounding discovery brings undeniable scientific proof that one the most famous episodes of the Old Testament was indeed, based on an historical event. It brings a brand new perspective on a story that many historians have been considering for years as a work of fiction, and suggesting that other themes like the “Plagues of Egypt” could indeed have an historical base.

A lot more research and many more recovery operations are to be expected on the site over the next few years, as Professor Gader and his team have already announced their desire to retrieve the rest of the bodies and artefacts from was has turned out to be one of the richest archaeological underwater sites ever discovered.

12 Comments on "Red Sea: Archaeologists Discover Remains of Egyptian Army From the Biblical Exodus"

  1. A crossing has been located btwn Sinai and Saudi arabia with chariot remains on the sea floor by Swedish archaeologists

    • Robert Burden | November 1, 2014 at 10:31 pm |

      Yes, Dr. Lennart Moeller, the Swedish Scientist/Amateur Archaeologist find at the Sea of Aqabah is closer to the Red Sea and makes it easier to trace the journey at the points of the S Sabbaths on the way to Mt. Si-NAI.

    • Robert Burden | November 1, 2014 at 10:32 pm |

      *Red Sea, Mt. Si-NAI

  2. Exodus 14:25 KJV “And took off their chariot wheel, that they drave them heavily, v 26 the LORD said unto Moses, stretch out thine hand over the sea. I should be interesting to see how they explain this.

  3. coming back of our loard is at hand

  4. These type of things are interesting. However much research must likely must still be done. As yet it appears not be be from the exodus if their dating is correct. The exodus occurred in 1446 BC with the conquest beginning in 1406 BC. According to this report is says that it was during the reign of Akhenaten/ Amenhotep IV, who ruled from 1379 BC- 1362 BC well after the exodus. Perhaps further research will reveal a more accurate date that coincides with the dating of the exodus. Only time will tell.

    • The 14th century BC would have been in the 1300’s.

      Just as today, the century designation is ahead of the year designated; thus we live in the 21st century even though the date is 2014.

    • Read David M Rohl book A Test of time Pharaohs and Kings.All will be made clear. God Bless.

    • richard taylor | June 30, 2015 at 11:43 am |

      I love anything having to do with Bible archeology. I just saw yesterday that the skeleton of Goliath was discovered — with the stone from David’s slingshot still embedded in the skull!!!!!

    • jeanMarc abgrall | March 26, 2016 at 8:11 pm |

      Dieu est puissant !

  5. The reason they took off their wheels was because they clogged in the mud but they thought just maybe they could surf like a skim board without wheels. That was an epic fail.

    • I’m studying Exodus this year and if you go back to Exodus 14:21 it says:…the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land.
      So, I tend to agree with those that say the wheels fell off. We’ll see what they find. And maybe it wasn’t all of the chariots, just enough to cause the Egyptians’ delay.

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