Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Late-antique boundary stone excavated in Golan Heights

ARTIFACT: 1,700-year-old border marker unearthed in the Golan Heights. Ancient town boundary marker discovered near Israeli army base in the Golan Heights (Arutz Sheva).
At the site of the excavation, directed by Dina Avshalom-Gorni and Yardenna Alexandre of the Israel Antiquities Authority, with the participation of pre-military academy (mechinot) students from Maayan Baruch and Kela Alon, as well as volunteers from the community, a boundary stone inscribed in Greek was unexpectedly uncovered.

The stone was uncovered in secondary use to cover a tomb.

The decipherment of the inscription by Israel Antiquities Authority, Dr. Danny Syon, together with Prof. Haim Ben-David from the Kinneret Academic College, aroused great excitement.According to researchers, "The inscription, which mentions the name "Kfar Nafah," (Nafah village) was inscribed on a boundary stone."

The site is still called "Nafah" today.

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