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(see exodus route map above) Tel el-Dab'a was a city similar to modern port cities with millions of containers being loaded and offloaded from ocean tanker ships.
I have been directly involved in many archeological digs under the authority of the IAA (Israel Antiquities Authority).
From the time of Joseph down to the end of the Hyksos period, the Hebrews had enjoyed freedom with no slavery, but that was about to end. With the rebel Hyksos expelled, Ahmoses I took over their palaces at Tel el-Daba, which explains how Moses was found by Pharaoh's Daughter near where the Hebrews lived in the river.
Ahmose I marks the beginning of the period of slavery and oppression for the Hebrews as a way to prevent the Hebrews from seeking the throne of Egypt.
Exodus tells us that the Hebrews were making mud bricks to build the storage cities of Pithom (Tell el-Retaba) and Rameses (Tel el-Dab'a), both of which have been extensively excavated through archeological digs.
It may be a puzzle as to why Pharaoh would build a storage city in the very town the Hebrews lived in, until you remember that this was the main shipping hub at the beginning of the Way of Horus.
Others think it is instead a statue of Josephs father, Jacob, but this does not fit with the youthful appearance; Joseph was 30 years old when he became vizier, but Jacob did not enter Egypt until he was 130 (Genesis 47:9).