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?
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…