Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Byzantine-era lamp wick from Shivta

HANUKKAH-RELATED, NOTED BELATEDLY: Tiny 1,500-year-old flax lamp wick illuminates ancient Jewish law. Discovered in hitherto unpublished 1930s excavations in the Negev desert town of Shivta, the wick sheds light on how people banished darkness in the Byzantine era — and before (Amanda Borschel-Dan, Times of Israel).

The Shivta excavation has been in the news a good bit lately. See here and links.

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