Inscription from time of King David found in Jerusalem

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli archaeologists working in the "City of David" section of Jerusalem have unearthed the oldest alphabetical written text ever discovered in the city.

The inscription appears on the edge of a large pithos, a type of ceramic jar, and was found in a landfill used by kings David and Solomon to support their expansion of Jerusalem in the 10th century BC.

The inscription is in a proto-Canaanite language, and so its meaning is still unknown, though it likely identifies the owner of the jar. Jerusalem still had many Jebusite residents who used their ancestral written language during the time of Israel's two most famous kings.

The oldest Hebrew inscription ever found in Jerusalem dates to the 7th century BC, though this latest find offers hope that older artifacts might still be discovered.

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