‘Atiqot 72 (2012)
Inscriptions and Incised Potsherds from the Western Wall Plaza Excavations, Jerusalem
(Hebrew, pp. 1–12; English summary, pp. 87*–88*)
Keywords: Jerusalem, Judah, Iron Age, epigraphy, paleography
Excavations conducted approximately 100 m west of the Western Wall in Jerusalem revealed many incised pottery fragments bearing inscriptions and other markings. The form of the letters on the inscribed potsherds is generally consistent with the style common in Judah during the eighth–sixth centuries BCE. The markings were classified into five categories, four of which resemble similar groups of marks found at other sites, and the fifth consists of assorted marks, many of them unique. The assemblage exhibits clear similarities to assemblages found elsewhere in Jerusalem and at other Judahite settlements.
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