Woman’s Seal From First Temple Discovered

Ynetnews reports: 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 (IAA) 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.

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