This Is the Oldest Recognized Inscription Bearing the Complete Identify of Jerusalem


Archaeologists have uncovered the oldest recognized instance of the term “Jerusalem” spelled out in total, on an historic stone carving that was as soon as element of an ancient pottery workshop, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, declared today (Oct. 9).

On previously inscriptions, Jerusalem was spelled “Yerushalem” or “Shalem,” fairly than “Yerushalayim” (pronounced Yeh-roo-sha-La-yeem), as it is spelled in Hebrew now.

The carving — which was penned in Aramaic and states “Hananiah son of Dodalos from Jerusalem” — dates to the initial century A.D., producing it about 2,000 a long time outdated, according to the IAA. [The Holy Land: 7 Amazing Archaeological Finds]

Archaeologists uncovered the inscription throughout an archaeological study preceding the building of a new highway in the vicinity of Jerusalem’s Intercontinental Convention Middle, regarded as Binyanei Ha’Uma, this previous winter season. Through the excavation, the archaeologists arrived across the foundations and stone columns of an historic Roman structure.

A single of the column drums (a cylindrical stone block that manufactured up component of the column) experienced been repurposed from an earlier developing, which probable dated to the time of Herod the Great’s reign (37 to 4 B.C.), the archaeologists stated. It was this column drum that had the inscription.

The newfound column has an exhibit at the Israel Museum.

Credit rating: Laura Lachman/Courtesy of the Israel Museum

It’s “special” to see “the comprehensive spelling of the name as we know it right now, which usually seems in the shorthand version,” Yuval Baruch, an archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority, and Ronny Reich, a professor of archaeology at Haifa College in Israel, mentioned in a statement. “This spelling is only recognized in 1 other occasion, on a coin of the Good Revolt versus the Romans (66 to 70 A.D.).”

Even in the Bible, in which “Jerusalem” seems 660 situations, there are only 5 scenarios that spell out the total title, Baruch and Reich stated. Furthermore, these 5 circumstances, found in Jeremiah 26:18 Esther 2:6 2 Chronicles 25:1 2 Chronicles 32: 9 and 2 Chronicles 25: 1, were being penned at a comparatively late day, they pointed out.

Even while the newfound inscription refers to two people — Hananiah and Dodalos — it’s unclear who these people ended up. “But it is probably that [Hananiah] was an artist-potter, the son of an artist-potter, who adopted a name from the Greek mythological realm, following Daedalus, the notorious artist,” Dudy Mevorach, chief curator of archaeology at the Israel Museum, mentioned in the assertion.

In fact, the location in which archaeologists uncovered the inscription appears to be a potter’s quarter, the archaeologists stated. The location is made up of vessels spanning a interval of far more than 300 yrs, from the Hasmonean time period (140 to 116 B.C.)  through to the late Roman period.

“This is the most significant ancient pottery output site in the area of Jerusalem,” Danit Levy, director of the excavations on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, claimed in the assertion.

The web-site involved kilns, pools for making ready clay, plastered drinking water cisterns, ritual baths and operate spaces for drying and storing the vessels. Through Herod’s reign, the potters targeted on generating cooking vessels, the archaeologists found. [Photos: Biblical-Era Fortress Discovered in Israel]

It appears that the potters ended up productive at their craft, due to the fact archaeologists observed proof of a compact village nearby, whose financial system probably depended on pottery production. The pots were being offered in bulk to people today dwelling in and about Jerusalem, including at the city’s gates to browsing pilgrims.

Just after Jerusalem fell in A.D. 70, when the Romans toppled the city, the potter’s workshop resumed its function, but on a scaled-down scale, the archaeologists stated. That ended in the early second century A.D., when the Roman’s 10th Legion took about and set up its own workshop, permitting the Romans to make rooftiles, bricks, pipes, tableware, cooking ware and storage vessels, the archaeologists reported.

The stone carving, as nicely as the kilns from the potters’ workshop, will go on show at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem tomorrow (Oct. 10), as portion of a new show that capabilities artifacts from the money. The exhibit will also showcase a Greek mosaic inscription from the sixth century A.D., unearthed in close proximity to the Damascus Gate, which commemorated the development of a general public building — very likely a hostel — in Jerusalem through the Byzantine period of time.

Initially released on Are living Science.


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