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Seal impression and the Administration of Judah during the Time of the First Temple

Publication date: Mar 14, 2014 5:15:39 PM

Start: Mar 31, 2014 6:00:00 PM

Location: Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Judahite bulla with the name Hilkiyahu, son of Ma’as, from excavations at Lachish

The Institute of Archaeology and Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society will jointly host a lecture by Yuval Goren (Tel Aviv University) at the Institute on 31 March.

Titled ‘Seal impression and the Administration of Judah during the Time of the First Temple’, this lecture will present the results of a technological study of clay bullae from controlled excavations in Jerusalem and elsewhere. These small objects were used to seal papyrus documents, and now offer the only surviving evidence of the rich writing tradition of Iron Age Judah. Determination of their  provenance sheds light on the administrative system and the political and economic structure of the kingdom of Judah during its final days. It also has some implications for the authenticity of several landmark bullae which have surfaced in the antiquities market during the last four decades.