Jar-Handle Thought To Be 3000 Years Old Found On Mount Of Olives

May 21, 2009

Israel (ChattahBox) – Archaeologists have uncovered a ancient jar handle with the name of an Israelite king, on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives.

The artifact is thought to have been as much as 3,000 years old, and is an exciting find for the region. The inscription has two words, both ‘lamed’, meaning ‘to’ in Hebrew, and ‘Menachem’, which is a common Hebrew name that is believed to refer to the king of the time the handle is thought to have been made.

The inscriptions point to it possibly having been a gift, though to who no one is quite sure to who.

“It’s important because it shows that they actually used the name Menachem during that period. It’s not just from the Bible, but it’s also in the archaeological record,” excavator Ron Beeri explained.

The artifact will be displayed by the Israel Antiquities Authority.


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