A 2,700-Year-Old Clay Seal Found in Jerusalem https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2024/02/a-2700-year-old-clay-seal-found-in-jerusalem/

February 29, 2024 | Israel Hayom
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While discoveries from the Second Temple era (516 BCE–70 CE) and the later Roman period are quite in common in Israel, findings from the First Temple period (destroyed in 587 BCE) are much rarer. Archaeologists recently identified such an item, dating to the 7th or 8th century BCE. Israel Hayom reports:

The clay seal contains ancient Hebrew writing indicating it belonged to the “governor of the city” of Jerusalem, the highest municipal position during that time. “This is the first time such a sealing has been found in proper archaeological excavations,” Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, the lead excavator said, “it supports the biblical record of there being a governor of Jerusalem during the First Temple period.”

Experts say the seal, which depicts two figures facing each other below the inscription, was likely attached to an important letter or document. . . . The area where it was found near the Western Wall is believed to have been inhabited by high-ranking officials based on this seal and other artifacts found previously.

Read more on Israel Hayom: https://www.israelhayom.com/2024/02/26/rare-first-temple-clay-seal-unearthed-in-jerusalem/