Ancient wine request uncovered on museum piece

20th June, 2017 by Phoebe French

A team from the University of Tel Aviv has uncovered a hidden request for wine on the back of an ancient Hebrew pottery fragment that dates back to 600 B.C.

(Photo: Plos One Journal): “(A) color (RGB) image; (B) MS image corresponding to 830 nm; (C) manual drawing (facsimile) of the proposed reading. In red: our alterations and additions with respect to the original publication. Hollow shapes represent conjectured characters.”

The pottery shard, first discovered by archaeologists in 1965 in Israel, has been on display for the past 50 years in the Israel Museum. It is clearly inscribed in ink on the front side with a message from a soldier called Hananyahu (thought to be a quartermaster in Beersheba), encamped in….

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