Hebrew article on volunteering and drawing of LMLK seal

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Two small items to post here:

First, a short article appeared in the Hebrew version of the Haaretz newspaper, which speaks about Tel Burna.  the article focuses on different ways of volunteering and contributing to different types of projects, and we were included as one different way.  the article interviewed the Oren family that came down to volunteer this summer – thanks to them for the good reviews! here is the link:


For those of you who don’t read Hebrew, Yulia – who draws our finds has just sent me the drawing of the LMLK handle that we found (the first of many more to come :-)).  Here is the illustration. as you can see, it is of the two winged type. Unfortunately there is no writing with it (we’ll make sure that doesn’t happen in the future.

7 thoughts on “Hebrew article on volunteering and drawing of LMLK seal

    arenmaeir said:
    August 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm


    G.M. Grena said:
    August 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Dear sirs, if you could possibly forward a photograph of this handle, there’s a fair chance I can identify which of the 21 known seal types made the impression, thereby allowing a specific identification of which inscription it bore.

      G.M. Grena said:
      August 21, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      Oops! Never mind! I just found the photo on your Pics page! It’s type H2D, which I along with Finkelstein & Lipschits believe dated to after Sennacherib’s destruction of the Shephelah. The seal bore the inscription “LMLK HBRN”. This is the most common, least rare of the 21 types.

        G.M. Grena said:
        August 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm

        On your About TB page, you mention this handle as “Iron Age IIB (8th Century BCE)”. Was it actually excavated in a clear stratum determined to be IIB (English pun!), or was it found in an unclear context, & assumed to belong to IIB (as opposed to IIC, which is where I would’ve guessed)? This is very important.

    joeuziel responded:
    August 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    The handle was not found in a clear 8th Century context, but from fill with 8th and 7th Century remains below it. therefore it could contextually date to either period. As you mention, recent research questions the dating of all LMLK stamped handles to the Iron Age IIB. The use of “Iron Age IIB (8th Century BCE)” followed the older (although not necessarily justified) dating of the stamped handles to the 8th Century. In short, the context in this case would not support either theory on the dating of the stamp. Thanks for you comments and identification.

    Ahuva said:
    August 24, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Dear Itzik, Joe, Amit and Debbie,
    Please convey my warmest Mazal tov wishes to Chris and Mindy. Missing you, Ahuva

      joeuziel responded:
      September 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      HI Ahuva – Will do, and thanks!

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