A brand new old inscription: Arad ostracon 16 rediscovered via multispectral imaging

Anat Mendel-Geberovich, Arie Shaus, Shira Faigenbaum-Golovin, Barak Sober, Michael Cordonsky, Eli Piasetzky, Israel Finkelstein

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Abstract

Arad Ostracon 16 is part of the Elyashiv Archive, dated to ca. 600 b.c. It was published as bearing an inscription on the recto only. New multispectral images of the ostracon have enabled us to reveal a hitherto invisible inscription on the verso, as well as additional letters, words, and complete lines on the recto. We present here the new images and offer our new reading and reinterpretation of the ostracon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-125
Number of pages13
JournalBulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
Volume378
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Arad
  • Elyashiv archive
  • Epistolography
  • Judah
  • Literacy
  • Multispectral imaging
  • Northwest Semitic epigraphy
  • Seventh century B.C.

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