Archaeologists have discovered an inscription that is believed to date as far back as the first century B.C., and this inscription provides new information on the ancient past, and on the history of one very significant city as far as human and Christian history is concerned.
Looking at the item, the physical properties of this artifact does not look like a great historical discovery that would make one jump for joy. It pretty much looks like an ordinary tablet of stone, the bottom of a ‘once upon a time’ column. However, the cylinder shaped limestone drum has the most ancient inscription ever found and it reads “Jerusalem,” popularly referred to as the holy city, which is considered to be one of the most important and popular locations in the world as a result of its historical antecedents and high sentimental value(s).
The ‘stone’ has been now on display in Jerusalem, at the Israel Museum, the best place for such an uncommon item, and one that is connected to the city itself. That column is believed to be what is left of a Roman structure at the gate of the great city, Jerusalem. Archaeologists think that this specific column was a part of a structure that even has existed even before the Romans came to be on this planet. This adds quite an interesting angle to the plot.
Taking facts from a statement made by representatives of the museum that houses this artifact, the inscription is in Aramaic, the language that was commonly spoken amongst the Jews around that period. The inscription is particular to that period around 37 BC, when King Herod the great was king over Judea.
How old this artifact proves to be increases the rareness of the discovery. It was discovered in a place where a lot of pottery was being done. Kilns, clay pools, water cisterns, and workspaces were at a time situated at the site of the discovery, the place was certainly buzzing with creativity and life. It is also recorded that the pottery operations went on for about 300 years with different generations of worker passing the craft.
Reading the past
The full inscription is written out thus, “Hananiah son of Dodalos of Jerusalem”. The name Hananiah was quite common amongst the people of Jerusalem at this period but, the Dodalos on the other hand, has researchers mulling over its origin, and the secrets it could hold. Archaeologists are of the opinion that it could be a translation of Daedalus, a Greek name that became popular because it features in old myth.
This new find is definitely worth being in history books, as a discovery of the past. Despite the number of years that have passed there are still more mysteries that ever yet to be solved. If there’s one thing this proves, it is that the human history (past) is so dense and vast that what we know of it might well be just a fragment of the whole but if we continue to make discoveries like this, we might eventually gather a fair amount of information about human origin and history.