Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Neta Dror
Inscription detailing grain measures (ostracon)
Iron Age II, 7th century BCE
Ink on pottery
L: 13.5; W: 13 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1972-122
This inscription was found in the archive of Eliashib son of Eshiyahu, commander of the fortress on Judah’s southern border. The archive findings include Eliashib’s personal seals, as well as a rich collection of letters pertaining to army, administration, and the supply of food and equipment. The letters were written on potsherds in ancient Hebrew script, using biblical Hebrew.

"Son of […]; Son of […] hekat 10; Son of […] 100 hekat; [hekat] 2[0]; [...]"

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir