Ancient Bronze Bowl Discovered at Khirbet Qeiyafa (photo)

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that a bronze bowl was discovered at Qeiyafa. Bronze bowls were costly and at times inscribed with a dedication to an individual. Could ours be inscribed with a biblical name?

The bronze bowl in situ where it has been for 2,500 - 3,000 years. Notice that it is difficult to reach. Someone intentionally hid it behind and under a rock. Why would they do this? One possible explanation: An enemy force broke into the city and someone quickly hid it with the hope that they could return to find it later. Photo by Luke Chandler. (Posted with permission from Prof. Yusef Garfinkel.)

At this point it is not certain whether the bowl is from the Iron Age or Hellenistic period. A good bit of Iron Age material was found around it but the staff is not 100% sure on its dating. They may know one way or the other in a few days.

We will have to wait for closer analysis to know if there is an inscription. The odds are against it, but it is possible. The best possible outcome? “To David, son of Jesse, servant of Saul.” That kind of inscription would certainly replace the Qeiyafa ostracon on our excavation t-shirts next year, to say the least.

By the way, I ended up in a pretty nice very good square this year. Wait until I tell you what we found in it over the past two days…

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About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister in English and Spanish with the North Terrace Church of Christ and participates annually in archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke also leads tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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One Response to Ancient Bronze Bowl Discovered at Khirbet Qeiyafa (photo)

  1. abchrysler says:

    Thank you so much. I feel like I’m right there with you and I can’t wait to see what turns up next! May the Spirit lead you.

    Bud

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