A rare 2,500 seal bearing the name of a woman has been discovered in the excavation of an ancient Jerusalem site.
Archaeologists found the antique – a seal bearing the inscription which translates as “to Elihana bat Gael”, in the City of David, in the Jerusalem Walls National Park.
Dating back to the period of the First Temple, excavation directors from the Israel Antiquities Authority said “the owner of the seal was exceptional compared to other women” of the time period. “She had legal status which allowed her to conduct business and possess property.”
Another seal belonging to a man named “Sa‘aryahu ben Shabenyahu” was found nearby.