A New Type of Yehud Stamp Impression: yhwd/gdlyh

David S. Vanderhooft, Madadh Richey, Oded Lipschits

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This article presents a single stamp impression on a jar handle recovered in 2011 from the so-called 'Babylonian-Persian pit' at Ramat Rahel The seal was incised in the positive and the impression reads, in reverse,yhwd/gdlyh, 'Yehud Ggdalyah', showing that it clearly belongs in the Yehud stamp impression corpus. It displays similarities to type i I stamp impressions, which were also incised in the positive, and reads, in two lines, gdlyh. Without making a definitive identification of the individual named in the two different seal types, we recognize several similarities with the type 11 stamp impressions (now labeled 'type I la') and label the new seal 'type lib'. Palaeographical archaeological and typological characteristics suggest that the new stamp impression type is among the last of the so-called early types and should probably be dated to the latter half of the fifth century BCE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-59
Number of pages6
JournalIsrael Exploration Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019


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