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Israel uncovers 3,500-year-old inscription from biblical Canaan

A 3,500 year old inscription recently unearthed in Tel Lachish is the oldest piece of writing ever found in Israel and offers unprecedented insights into the development of the first alphabets, a study published in the journal Antiquity revealed on Thursday.

The writing, a combination of six letters on two distinct lines, is featured on a pottery sherd found at the site, located in the Shephelah region of south-central Israel.

3500-year-old inscription found at Lachish. (Credit: AUSTRIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE/AUSTRIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES)

The artifact was discovered in 2018 during excavations conducted by the Austrian Archaeological Institute at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

The new finding is especially significant because it narrows the gap between the earliest testimonies of alphabetic script uncovered in the Sinai region and more recent evidence of Semitic alphabets.

What an awesome finding! Can't wait for you all to come to Israel and see these things with your own eyes

From an article in The Jerusalem Post Read the rest of the article here

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