Monday, March 07, 2016

Two new Iron Age-II inscribed seals

EPIGRAPHY: Meet Elihana Bat Gael, First Temple Era Woman of Valor (JNi.Media).
Who were Elihana bat Gael and Sa‘aryahu ben Shabenyahu? Two seals bearing these Hebrew names were uncovered in a large building dating to the First Temple period in excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority is carrying out in the Giv’ati parking lot at the City of David, in the Jerusalem Walls National Park. “Finding seals that bear names from the time of the First Temple is hardly a commonplace occurrence, and finding a seal that belonged to a woman is an even rarer phenomenon,” the researchers say.

The Givati (Giv'ati) parking lot excavation has been a rich source of archaeological discoveries: see here, here, here, here, here, here, and links