Woman’s seal from First Temple discovered

A rare 2500-year-old seal inscribed with the name of ‘Elihana bat Gael’ in ancient Hebrew letters was unearthed at the City of David in the Jerusalem Walls National Park.

A rare 2,500-year-old seal bearing the name of a woman, Elihana bat Gael, has recently been discovered in an Israel Antiquities Authority excavation at the City of David in the Jerusalem Walls National Park.

The seal was found in a large building from the First Temple period. According to the IAA archeologists, “The owner of the seal was exceptional compared to other women of the First Temple period: she had legal status which allowed her to conduct business and possess property.”

Another seal belonging to a man named Sa‘aryahu ben Shabenyahu was found nearby.

“Finding seals that bear names from the time of the First Temple is hardly a commonplace occurrence, and finding a seal that belonged to a woman is an even rarer phenomenon”, said the IAA archeologists.

After nine years of excavation done by the IAA, in cooperation with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the City of David Foundation, archeologists were able to reach the layers of ancient Jerusalem from the First Temple period. The seals were found inside the structure, built out of magnificent ashlars.

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