Storage jars come in all shapes and sizes but archaeologists have discovered that the mouths of the storage jars are always the same size, one hand breadth. One hand breadth equals one tefach, a biblical unit of measurement much like a cubit.
Today, we are taller and heavier than our biblical counterparts, but our hand breadth is still basically the same size. This is one of the stories from the autumn issue of ARTIFAX, our biblical archaeology newsmagazine.
Other stories include a story on the oldest metal forge in the world, an update on the world’s oldest and largest wine cellar, and the discovery of another Assyrian siege ramp at the walls of a Judean city.