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Bowl from the first temple period found in Jerusalem

By Mason White 5:24 PM August 18, 2013
The bowl with a Hebrew name 

By: Shifra Unger
A bowl dating back at least 2,700 years was uncovered in Jerusalem by Israeli archaeologists, according to a statement released by the Israel Antiquity Authority.

The old ceramic bowl with an inscription in ancient Hebrew was recently discovered in archaeological excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the City of David in Jerusalem.

The bowl was found along with a collection of First Temple period pottery shards, clay lamps and figures. The bowl has the name of a seventh century BCE figure, which resembles other names known during biblical times.

Dr. Joe Uziel and Archaeologists Zanton Nahshon explained that the letters on the fragment were written in 8th or 7th centuries BC, placing the bowl sometime between the reign of King Hezekiah and the destruction of Jerusalem in the time of King Zedekiah.

They said the inscription was engraved in the bowl before firing, indicating that the inscription originally adorned the edge of the bowl, and it was not written on the piece after the bowl broke.

Archaeologists added that similar inscriptions have been found in other excavations, written on a variety of objects such as stamps, blisters, ceramic pots or even carved into the rock.

“While not complete, the inscription presents us with the name of the seventh century BCE figure, which resembles other known names to us, both in biblical and archaeological record. It provides a connection to the people living in Jerusalem at the end of the First Temple period,” IAI said in a statement.