a note in ancient Hebrew written on a papyrus 2,700 yearsA rare document that recently reached Jerusalem after being discovered in the United States was unveiled by the Israel Antiquities Authority on Wednesday. “This papyrus is unique, extremely rare”In conversation with the agency, Eaton Klein, deputy director of the Theft Prevention Unit related to that organization, said AFP,
Written in Paleo-Hebrew used in the times of the First Temple, the letter fragment begins with four lines “He sends Ishmael”The rest with unfinished words, as per the images released.
According to Klein’s interpretation, in the Iron Age, The Hebrews used pieces of clay to write down small notesAs well as for writing animal skins, while the papyrus was reserved for official correspondence.
“We don’t know exactly what was sent or where it was sent,” said Joe Uziel, director of the Judean Desert Parchment unit belonging to that institution. The authenticity and age of the papyrus were determined by paleographic and carbon-14 dating.Uziel said, given the researchers’ fears of removing the papyrus from the frame. “He used sticky glue, glued it down, and then prepared it,” said the expert. “Removing it would actually do more damage,” he said.
The piece’s owner, a man from the state of Montana, United States, had inherited it from his late mother, who bought it in 1965 or received it as a gift from then-curator Joseph Saad. Palestine Archaeological Museum, The woman had framed it and hung it on the wall of her house.
The papyrus revealed today adds to another discovery that also happened in Israel, when archaeologists in that country uncovered last month Remains of 1200 year old mansion Ancient in the Negev Desert, not far from where a mosque was found of the same period.
as described A “Luxury Rural Housing” By the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), the building had a lobby with a marble floor and the walls were decorated with frescoes.
it’s about The first building of this type was found in the Negev desert.Which, according to the agency, occupies more than a third of the country. The house also had unique and impressive “underground” vaults.Which proves that (economic) means that the owners have”, he said.
According to archaeologists Oren Shmueli, Elena Kogan-Zehvi and Noe de Michael, “a wealthy landowner may have lived on a property overlooking the fields in the northern Negev,” Those who believe that the ruins date to the 8th or 9th centuryBeginning of the Islamic era.
“This luxury property” is “the first of its kind to be found in the Negev”, the antiquities authority said. In June, the organization announced that it had excavated the remains of one of the world’s oldest rural mosques, dating from the same period as the mansion, testifying to the expansion of Islam in that area.