AN ARAMAIC-INSCRIBED CULTIC OBJECT FROM TULÛL MAS‘UD, ELYAKHIN

Rafael Y. Lewis, Nir Finkelstein, Rona S. Avissar Lewis, Esther Eshel, Yuval Baruch, Yonah Maor, Tsadok Tsach, Oren Tal

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Abstract

A copper-alloy object bearing an incised Aramaic inscription in lapidary script was found on the surface, about halfway up the hill of Tulûl Mas‘ud, in the Sharon plain. The object was recently studied by a multidisciplinary research group of specialists in archaeology, epigraphy, forensic science and analytical archaeology to better understand the artifact in its original cultural and spatial setting. The results attest that the object was probably connected with a nearby Persian-period sanctuary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-64
Number of pages20
JournalAtiqot
Volume110
StatePublished - Mar 2023

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 Israel Antiquities Authority. All rights reserved.

Funding

The authors would like to thank the many people who kindly helped us with aspects concerning the project’s analytical archaeology, epigraphy, forensic science and conservation perspectives: Dr. Eran Arie, from the University of Haifa, for his unending optimism and help with relocating the object; Dr. Eli Yannai, for kindly allowing us to publish the finds from his survey of the site; and Dr. Yiftah Shalev and Dr. Avshalom Karasik. Thanks are also due to Dafna Gazit and Shai Halevi (photography), Irina Lidsky-Reznikov and Argita Gyerman Levanon (drawing).

FundersFunder number
Dafna Gazit and Shai Halevi
University of Haifa

    Keywords

    • Hellenistic
    • Persian
    • Phoenician
    • copper alloy
    • cult
    • epigraphy
    • ethnicity
    • metal workshop

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