1121 – Ancient Seals Found in Jerusalem
While we were in Israel on our Book & the Spade tour we spent more time than in the past in the area of the Temple Mount and the City of David. The reason is that there’s more archaeology going on there than there has been for a number of years. And in two of the digs in that area, seals were recently found, adding to the growing number of names of important officials from Biblical times.
Sometimes seals that are found contain the names of men who are known from the Bible, sometimes not. In these two cases, the seals’ owners were not previously known. One of the seals was found in an excavation along the western edge of the western wall plaza, where a number of finds from the First Temple period have been discovered, preserved under a later Roman-era street. The seal owner was Netanyahu ben Yaush (shown). The other seal was found along with a number of seal impressions, near the Gihon spring.