Model of Palace garden cemetery, showing 12 principal tombs, where #12 is a pyramid typically reserved only for prominent Egyptians
Rohl writes, "Without searching for it... and it has to be said, without realizing it ... the Austrian archaeological mission at Tell ed-Daba had found the lost city of the Israelites located at the heart of the biblical land of Goshen. They had unearthed the house of Jacob and the palace of the vizier Joseph with its twelve-columned facade representing the twelve sons of Jacob. They had found twelve main tombs in the palace garden, one of which was a pyramid tomb with a colossal cult statue of its occupant, which once stood in the chapel attached to the tomb. They had discovered that the burial chamber had been accessed in antiquity via a tunnel and the entire contents - including the body - removed. The tomb had not been plundered but, nevertheless, it was empty. The colossal cult statue had been smashed into pieces and parts had rolled into the tunnel. This statue had been made in the royal workshops of Amenemhat III in whose time there had been a prolonged famine caused by a series of high Nile inundations. The cult statue represented an Asiatic [Semitic] official with yellow skin and sporting an Asiatic throw stick as his scepter. He had flame-red hair. And he wore a coat of many colors. Short of finding a name on the missing part of the statue, I could only come to one conclusion... this complex in Tell ed-Daba Area F was the home and tomb of Joseph the Asiatic vizier famous for his multicolored dream coat and the man who brought the Israelites into the land of Goshen - the foreigner who had saved Egypt from the great famine and who had been rewarded by Pharaoh with a magnificent pyramid tomb in the heart of the Asiatic city of Avaris." 
Left: remains of the Joseph funerary statue; Center: diagram of pyramid tomb with platform (brown) and burial chamber; Right: reconstruction of the colossal statue, with multicolored cloak, yellow skin, red hair, Asiatic staff, and Egyptian titles in front
Who'd have thought that another empty tomb would be so significant?
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