Larry Dziubek forwarded this article from the Jewish Press. Thanks. Seals are closely related to coins and studied and collected alongside them in
many circles. -Editor
A bulla (seal impression) and a 2,600-year-old stamp dating back to the First Temple and bearing Hebrew names were recently uncovered as part of the
archaeological excavations of the Givati Parking Lot in the City of David National Park in Jerusalem. The dig was conducted by archaeologists from the Israel
Antiquities Authority and Tel Aviv University.
Both artifacts will be presented in the Israel Exploration Journal, published by the Israel Exploration Society.
Bullae were small pieces of clay impressed by personal seals, used in ancient times to sign letters. While the parchment they sealed didn't survive the
fires that devastated ancient Jerusalem, the bullae, which are made of ceramic-like material, were preserved, leaving evidence of the correspondence and those
Private stamps were used to sign documents, and were often set in signet rings carried by their owners. In ancient times these stamps noted the identity,
lineage and status of their owners.
For another article about ways people authenticate documents, see the piece elsewhere in this issue about the artist Banksy. -Editor
To read the complete article, see:
Bearing Name of King Josiah's Court Official Uncovered in City of David
Wayne Homren, Editor
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