‘Rare’ Seals Dating to Era of First Temple Discovered in Jerusalem

An archaeological dig in Jerusalem has uncovered two rare seals that date back to the era of the first temple, built by the biblical King Solomon. The Israeli Antiquities Authority announced the finds on Monday, which were discovered in the Givati Brigade parking lot, a major archaeological site.

The two seals, inscribed in semi-precious stones, bear the names Elihana bat Gael and Sa’aryahu ben Shabenyahu—the first of which is believed to be a woman as the translation would read “Elihana, daughter of Gael.”  “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,” project directors Doron Ben-Ami, Yana Tchekhanovets and Salome Cohen said in a statement. READ MORE

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