A note in ancient Hebrew written on a papyrus from 2700 yearsOn Wednesday, the Israel Antiquities Authority revealed a rare document that arrived in Jerusalem recently after it was discovered in the United States. “This papyrus is very unique and rare”Eitan Klein, deputy director of that institution’s theft prevention unit, said in an interview with the agency France Press agency.
The character portion of the ancient Hebrew used in the times of the First Temple, consists of four lines beginning with “Send Ishmael”With the rest of the missing words according to the pictures that were published.
According to Klein’s interpretation, in the Iron Age, The Hebrews used shards of clay to write short notesas well as animal skins for writing, while papyrus was reserved for official correspondence.
“We don’t know exactly what was sent or where,” said Joe Uziel, director of that institution’s Judean Desert Manuscripts unit. The authenticity and age of the papyrus have been determined by paleographic and carbon-14 dating.Ozil said, referring to the researchers’ fear of removing the sedge from the frame. “He used a sticky adhesive, glued it, and then framed it,” the specialist said. “Removing it will actually do more damage,” he added.
The owner of the piece, a man from Montana, USA, had inherited it from his late mother, who either bought it in 1965 or received it as a gift from then-curator Joseph Saad. Palestinian Archeology Museum. The woman framed it and hung it on a wall in her home.
The papyrus revealed today adds to another discovery that also occurred in Israel, when archaeologists last month from that country open Remains of a 1200-year-old palace ancient Negev desert, Not far from where to find a mosque from the same period.
described as “Luxury Country House” By the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), this building had a lobby with a marble floor and walls decorated with frescoes.
It’s about extension The first such building was found in the Negev desertWhich occupies more than a third of the country, according to the agency. The house also had unique and impressive “underground” vaults.which prove the (economic) meaning of the owners.”
According to archaeologists Oren Shmuli, Elena Kogan Zahavi, and Nu D. Those who believe that the monuments date back to the eighth or ninth centuriesthe beginning of the Islamic era.
The Antiquities Authority said that “this luxurious property” is “the first of its kind to be found in the Negev.” The organization announced, in June, that it had exhumed the remains of one of the oldest rural mosques in the world, dating back to the same palace period, in the same sector, which indicates the spread of Islam in that region.