Ruins of an ancient camp that was possibly used by Persian ruler Cambyses II as a staging ground for the invasion of Egypt some 2,500 years ago were unearthed by archaeologists in northern Israel, Haaretz reports.
According to the newspaper, the discovery was made at Tel Keisan, a hill located on a coastal plain in the vicinity of the city of Acre (Akko).
"Under Cambyses, the Persians wanted to prepare for war with and conquest of Egypt. They did that in Palestine," said Professor Gunnar Lehmann of Ben-Gurion University, who, together with David Schloen from the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, oversaw the excavation.
Other discoveries include a “large building with storage rooms dating to the earlier Egyptian empire of the 26th Dynasty”, which contained numerous complete storage jars, mostly of Phoenician origin, and Cypriot ‘basket-handle’ amphoras typical of the 7th century B.C.E.”.