Offbeat Israeli archaeologists find 2,700-year-old 'governor of Jerusalem' seal impression

18:21  01 january  2018
18:21  01 january  2018 Source:   Reuters

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JERUSALEM , Jan 1 (Reuters) - Israeli archaeologists unveiled on Monday a 2 , 700 - year - old clay seal impression which they said belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem .

Jerusalem : Israeli archaeologists unveiled on Monday a 2 , 700 - year - old clay seal impression which they said belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem . The artefact, inscribed in an ancient Hebrew script as "belonging to the governor of the city"

A conservator shows a 2,700-year-old clay seal impression which archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority say belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem and was unearthed in excavations in the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem's Old City© REUTERS/Nir Elias A conservator shows a 2,700-year-old clay seal impression which archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority say belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem and was unearthed in excavations in the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem's Old City Israeli archaeologists unveiled on Monday a 2,700-year-old clay seal impression which they said belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem.

The artifact, inscribed in an ancient Hebrew script as "belonging to the governor of the city", was likely attached to a shipment or sent as a souvenir on behalf of the governor, the most prominent local position held in Jerusalem at the time, the Israel Antiquities Authority said.

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Israeli archaeologists unveiled on Monday a 2 , 700 - year - old clay seal impression which they said belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem . The artefact, inscribed in an ancient Hebrew script as "belonging to the governor of the city"

Israeli archaeologists unveiled on Monday a 2 , 700 - year - old clay seal impression which they said belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem . The artefact, inscribed in an ancient Hebrew script as "belonging to the governor of the city"

a close up of food: A conservator shows a 2,700-year-old clay seal impression which archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority say belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem and was unearthed in excavations in the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem's Old City© REUTERS/Nir Elias A conservator shows a 2,700-year-old clay seal impression which archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority say belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem and was unearthed in excavations in the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem's Old City The impression, the size of a small coin, depicts two standing men, facing each other in a mirror-like manner and wearing striped garments reaching down to their knees. It was unearthed near the plaza of Judaism's Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

a close up of food: A 2,700-year-old clay seal impression which archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority say belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem and was unearthed in excavations in the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem's Old City© REUTERS/Nir Elias A 2,700-year-old clay seal impression which archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority say belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem and was unearthed in excavations in the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem's Old City "It supports the Biblical rendering of the existence of a governor of the city in Jerusalem 2,700 years ago," an Antiquities Authority statement quoted excavator Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah as saying.

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Israeli archaeologists unveiled a 2 , 700 - year - old clay seal impression they believe belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem , Reuters reported Monday. Next Up in Local. Archaeologists find 2 , 700 - year - old ' governor of Jerusalem ' seal impression .

Israeli archaeologists unveiled on Monday a 2 , 700 - year - old clay seal impression which they said belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem . The artefact, inscribed in an ancient Hebrew script as “belonging to the governor of the city”

Governors of Jerusalem, appointed by the king, are mentioned twice in the Bible, in 2 Kings, which refers to Joshua holding the position, and in 2 Chronicles, which mentions Masseiah in the post during the reign of Josiah.

The Antiquities Authority's announcement came several weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a decision that overturned a decades-old policy on the status of the city and stirred Palestinian protests and international concern.

(Writing by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Adrian Croft)

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