Has a “chariot army” been found at the bottom of the Red Sea?

It’s apparently quite a popular story to “disprove doubting Atheists” regarding the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea by the Israelites during the Exodus of the Hebrew bible that in the late 1970s, archaeological evidence was found at the bottom of the Red Sea of a “chariot army.”

I first saw it mentioned in this documentary trailer, then googled for more specific instances of the claim, and found this one, and a few others:

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Rare coin from Second Temple era discovered in Jerusalem’s Old City

Abir Sultan/Flash90A coin dating from the time of the Jewish Second Temple on display at the Davidson Center near the Old City in Jerusalem, November 11, 2009.

Mentions of the Tyrian shekel are frequently found in ancient texts, but only a few coins have been unearthed

Israeli archeologists and conservationists working in Jerusalem’s Old City found a rare silver coin, believed to have been used during the pilgrim festivals of Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot to pay the Temple tax, the Tower of David Museum announced on Monday. 

The ancient artifact known as the Tyre coin, or the Tyrian shekel, was first unearthed in the 1980s, subsequently lost, and recently found again during restauration and conservation work carried out by the museum at the 2000-year-old citadel.

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Dozens of new Dead Sea Scroll fragments bearing biblical text are discovered in Israel’s ‘Cave of Horror’ having been hidden during a Jewish revolt against Rome 1,900 years ago

  • The fragments of ancient parchment were discovered in the ‘Cave of Horror’ which is south of Jerusalem 
  • This is the first item discovered from an archaeological dig in the Judean Desert in more than 60 years 
  • The pieces of parchment found inside the cave include Greek lines of biblical text from Zechariah and Nahum
  • Other items found in the cave include a 10,000 year old woven basket and the skeleton of a young girl 

Dozens of new Dead Sea Scroll fragments thought to have been hidden during a Jewish revolt against Rome 1,900 years ago have been found in a cave. 

The fragments include lines of Greek text from the biblical books of Zechariah and Nahum and were radiocarbon dated to the 2nd century AD, experts confirmed.  

The Israel Antiquities Authority say more than 20 fragments were found in a remote canyon in the Judean Desert, south of Jerusalem – the first find of its kind in 60 years.

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Flintlock pistol and leather shoe sole are among a treasure trove of new items discovered from the same sunken ship that carried the controversial Elgin Marbles

A range of items including a flintlock pistol and a leather shoe sole are among a trove of treasure discovered in the same sunken ship that carried the Elgin Marbles.

Archaeologists working for the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport have been investigating the shipwreck of the Mentor since 2011 in search of artefacts.

The sunken ship was owned by Thomas Bruce, Earl of Elgin, the Scottish nobleman who removed artefacts from the Parthenon early in the 19th Century. The Mentor sunk near the Greek island of Kythira in 1802 while transporting the marbles and other artefacts – all of which were recovered over the following two years and shipped to England on the orders of Horatio Nelson.

Underwater archaeologist, Dr Dimitris Kourkoumelis, said they found numerous items since 2011 but the goal of the study is to learn more about the ship itself. 

The most recent finds include shoe soles, belt buckles, coins, chess pieces, earrings, as well as cooking utensils and other tools. 

One of the objects that was found in the underwater archaeological research at the historic Mentor shipwreck that was carrying the Elgin marbles to England

One of the objects that was found in the underwater archaeological research at the historic Mentor shipwreck that was carrying the Elgin marbles to England

A coin recovered from the wreck of the Mentor. A range of items from the period have been recovered and researchers say they 'paint a picture' of life onboard

A coin recovered from the wreck of the Mentor. A range of items from the period have been recovered and researchers say they ‘paint a picture’ of life onboard 

Wooden cylinder with two holes. The sunken the ship was owned by Thomas Bruce, Earl of Elgin, the Scottish nobleman who removed artefacts from the Parthenon early in the 19th Century

Wooden cylinder with two holes. The sunken the ship was owned by Thomas Bruce, Earl of Elgin, the Scottish nobleman who removed artefacts from the Parthenon early in the 19th Century

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