3,400-year-old writing found in Jerusalem
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 13, 2010
JERUSALEM (AP) — Archaeologists say a newly discovered clay fragment from the 14th century B.C. is the oldest example of writing ever found in antiquity-rich Jerusalem.
Dig director Eilat Mazar of Hebrew University says the 2-centimeter (0.8-inch) long fragment bears an ancient form of writing known as Akkadian wedge script.
The fragment includes a partial text including the words “you,” ”them,” and “later.”
It predates the next-oldest example of writing found in Jerusalem by 600 years, and dates roughly four centuries before the Bible says King David ruled a Jewish kingdom from the city.