T-Shirt with Lamashtu

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Here is a picture of this year’s t-shirt.  The picture (prepared by Anat Perko) we are using for the t-shirt is based on a plaque, possibly dropped by an Assyrian soldier during Sennacherib’s campaign to the Shephelah, was found near the wadi at the foot of the tell.  it was found by a member of one of the Moshavim in the region, and published by M. Cogan in Israel Exploration Journal.  the figure depicted is Lamashtu – a Mesopotamian demon known to be responsible for disease – particularly amongst pregnant women or children breastfeeding.  These amulets were probably worn as protection against the demon and against disease.


4 thoughts on “T-Shirt with Lamashtu

    joeuziel responded:
    May 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    BTW – If anyone wants to buy a t-shirt, just contact us by email, and we’ll send it to you

      David Gal said:
      June 4, 2010 at 6:12 pm

      “…it was found by a member of one of the Moshavim in the region…”
      I am the finder. Happy to see the assyrian deity participate in an archaeological excavation. Have a fruiful excavation!

        joeuziel responded:
        June 4, 2010 at 8:13 pm


        Wow – glad to hear that you are still keeping tabs with the going-ons of Tel Burna. this was a great find! thanks for contributing to our knowledge of the site.
        please come visit – or even better, if you can join us at the dig – we’ll be there June 13th to July 1st.

    […] and his grandson who joined us for the day – David discovered a plaque with the depiction of Lamashtu around 40 years ago. How […]

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