12-year-old Girl Unearths Ancient Egyptian Amulet in Jerusalem

Neshama Spielman finds a pendant-shaped antique bearing the name of ruler Thutmose III.

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Neshama Spielman with the ancient Egyptian amulet in Jerusalem on April 19, 2016.
Neshama Spielman with the ancient Egyptian amulet in Jerusalem on April 19, 2016.Credit: Adina Graham/City of David via AP

A 12-year-old Israeli girl has discovered an ancient Egyptian amulet dating back more than 3,200 years to the days of the Pharaohs.

Neshama Spielman and her family took part in the Temple Mount Sifting Project, an initiative to sort through earth discarded from the area of the biblical temples in Jerusalem.

There she found a pendant-shaped amulet bearing the name of the Egyptian ruler Thutmose III.

An ancient Egyptian amulet dating back more than 3,200 years to the days of the Pharaohs discovered by a 12-year-old Israeli girl. Credit: Zavi Dvira/City of David via AP

More than 170,000 volunteers have participated since the project began in 2004.

The discovery comes days before Jews celebrate the holiday of Passover, marking their freedom from bondage in Egypt. Spielman said Tuesday she was excited to learn of the significance of the amulet she found.

"Celebrating Passover this year is going to be extra meaningful to me," she said.

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