3,300-year-old cave ‘frozen in time’ of Ramesses II’s reign discovered in Israel

Archaeologists in Israel have discovered an “exceptional” cave that ancient humans sealed up 3,300 years ago, containing grave goods and possibly human burials, just yards from a beach south of Tel Aviv.

The use of the cave dates back to a time when the ancient Egyptians, led by Ramesses II (also spelled Ramses and Rameses) — who ruled from about 1279 BC to 1213 BC — ruled what is now Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said in a statement. During the time of Ramesses II, Egypt controlled an empire stretching from modern-day Sudan to Syria.