7,000-year-old seal sheds light on business activities in ancient Israel

However, an individual small sealing did feature an impression, composed of two distinct geometrical patterns.

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The result of the research on these artifacts has now been published in the latest issue of the academic journal Levant.

“Even today, similar types of sealing are used to prevent tampering and theft,” said Hebrew University Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, who led the excavation and is one of the authors of the paper. “It turns out that this was already in use 7,000 years ago by landowners and local administrators to protect their property.”

The artifact is one of the oldest of its kind ever found in the region.

According to the researcher, the…

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