Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What Next?

You never know what to expect when you are digging in the dirt at an archaeological site. One day in Ashkelon I was digging in a 3500 year old Canaanite tomb and brushed aside some dust uncovering a flat piece of broken pottery. To my shock it had writing on it and it looked like Hebrew. I called the supervisor over and said, “What is Hebrew writing doing in a tomb that was covered over before the Hebrews arrived in the Holy Land?”

He said, “It’s not Hebrew. That is Canaanite writing. Where do you think the Hebrews got their alphabet?”

That is part of the excitement of digging in the dirt, you just never know what will show up next.

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