Date:

Archaeologists find jar handle bearing the name “Menahem”

Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) have uncovered a jar handle bearing the name “Menahem” during excavations in the Ras el-‘Amud neighbourhood of Jerusalem, Israel.

The handle was found in an ancient settlement dated to two periods of occupation: the Middle Canaanite period (2200–1900 BC), and the end of the First Temple period (8th–7th centuries BC).

According to a press release by the IAA, the handle dates from the latter and was part of a storage vessel stamped with the Hebrew name “Menahem”, an expression of condolences alongside the name of “Yinahem” – which are possibly related to the death of family members.

The name Menahem is known from the corpus of Hebrew or Phoenician names, and seals bearing this name have been found in Israel, Assyria, Cyprus, and Egypt.

- Advertisement -

Menahem was also the name of a king of the northern Israelite Kingdom of Israel who founded the dynasty known as the House of Gadi or House of Menahem.

During Menahem’s reign, the Assyrians first entered the kingdom of Israel, and had also invaded Aram Damascus to the north-east. To maintain independence, Menahem was forced to pay a tribute of a thousand talents of silver which is recorded in an inscription by Tiglath-Pileser III.

Dr. Ron Beeri, excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, said: “This important find joins similar names that have been found in archaeological excavations in the Ancient East and in Israel in particular.”

Such names can be found during the Canaanite period and on pottery attributed to the 18th Dynasty in Egypt, but the jar handle is the first example found in Jerusalem to date.

Header Image Credit : Israel Antiquities Authority

- Advertisement -

Mobile Application

spot_img

Related Articles

Ring discovery suggests a previously unknown princely family in Southwest Jutland

A ring discovered in Southwest Jutland, Denmark, suggests a previously unknown princely family who had strong connections with the rulers of France.

Submerged evidence of rice cultivation and slavery found in North Carolina

Researchers from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) are using side-scan sonar and positioning systems to find evidence of rice cultivation and slavery beneath the depths of North Carolina’s lower Cape Fear and Brunswick rivers.

Study reveals oldest and longest example of Vasconic script

A new study of the 2100-year-old Hand of Irulegi has revealed the oldest and longest example of Vasconic script.

Archaeologists excavate the marginalised community of Vaakunakylä

Archaeologists have excavated the marginalised community of Vaakunakylä, a former Nazi barracks occupied by homeless Finns following the end of WW2.

Archaeologists find 4,000-year-old cobra-shaped ceramic handle

A team of archaeologists from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan have uncovered a 4,000-year-old cobra-shaped ceramic handle in the Guanyin District of Taoyuan City.

Traces of Khan al-Tujjar caravanserais found at foot of Mount Tabor

During excavations near Beit Keshet in Lower Galilee, Israel, archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) have uncovered traces of a market within the historic Khan al-Tujjar caravanserais.

Traces of marketplace from Viking Age found on Klosterøy

Archaeologists from the University of Stavanger have announced the possible discovery of a Viking Age marketplace on the island of Klosterøy in southwestern Norway.

Fragments of Qin and Han Dynasty bamboo slips found in ancient well

Archaeologists have uncovered over 200 fragments of bamboo slips from the Qin and Han Dynasty during excavations in Changsha, China.