Tag: Clay Bullae

Clay bullae, or seal impressions, are among the most common Biblical artifacts found in Israel and the Near East. Clay bullae were formed by pressing a seal into a wet lump of clay that secured the string tied around a document. The seal impression served as both a signature and security measure for the authenticity of the contents. In the fiery destructions that were so common in antiquity, the documents and strings were usually burned away, but the clay bullae were baked hard and therefore preserved.

Biblical History at What Cost?

07/24 | Recently, the Hobby Lobby corporation—owned by the Green family—agreed to pay a $3 million fine for the purchase of thousands of artifacts believed to have been smuggled out of Iraq.   Read more…

Posted in Artifacts and the Bible, Cultural Heritage, News.

The Interrupted Search for King David’s Palace

07/21 | Eilat Mazar was forced to put her excavation of what may be King David’s palace on hold to excavate the collapsing Northern Tower. Her amazing discoveries were worth it.   Read more…

Posted in Jerusalem.

Givati Parking Lot Dig Unearths Rare Seal of Woman

03/15 | Two First Temple period seals were discovered in the Givati Parking Lot excavations in Jerusalem. One seal belonged to a woman named Elihana bat Gael.   Read more…

Posted in Inscriptions, News.


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