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Archaeologists find jar handle bearing the name “Menahem”

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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.

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

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Researchers find that Żagań-Lutnia5 is an Iron Age stronghold

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Archaeologists have conducted a ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey of Żagań-Lutnia5, revealing that the monument is an Iron Age stronghold.

Żagań-Lutnia5 was first discovered in the 1960s near the town of Żagań in western Poland, with previous studies suggesting that the monument could be associated with the Białowieża group of the Lusatian urnfield culture.

The Lusatian culture existed in the later Bronze Age and early Iron Age (1300–500 BC) in most of what is now Poland. It formed part of the Urnfield systems found from eastern France, southern Germany and Austria to Hungary, and the Nordic Bronze Age in northwestern Germany and Scandinavia.

A recent study led by Dr. Arkadiusz Michalak on behalf of the Archaeological Museum of the Middle Oder River has revealed two parallel sequences of magnetic anomalies at Żagań-Lutnia5 that represent the remnants of earthen and wooden fortifications.

The course of the fortifications were recorded in the northern, western and southern parts of the study area, however, a study of the eastern section was limited due to a sewage collector built in the 1990’s.

Exploratory excavations found four cultural layers with remains of huts and hearths, in addition to a burnt layer from the last phase of occupation that suggests a period of conflict.

According to the researchers, the monument was likely built by the same people who constructed the stronghold in Wicin and a number of verified defensive settlements within the area of the Elbe, Nysa Łużycka and Odra.

As a result of the study, Żagań-Lutnia5 has been added to the catalogue of verified Early Iron Age strongholds located in today’s Lubusz Voivodeship.

Header Image Credit : Provincial Office for the Protection of Monuments

Sources : Provincial Office for the Protection of Monuments – Archaeological research at the site of Żagań-Lutnia5

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Rare copper dagger found in Polish forest

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A rare copper dagger from over 4,000-years-ago has been discovered in the forests near Korzenica, southeastern Poland.

Piotr Gorlach from the Historical and Exploration Association Grupa Jarosław made the discovery during a metal detector survey in Jarosław Forest.

Upon realising the significance of the find, Mr Gorlach contacted the Podkarpacie conservator of monuments in Przemyśl and the Orsetti House Museum.

The dagger dates from over 4,000 years ago, a period in which objects made from copper were extremely rare in the Central European Plain.

A preliminary study indicates that the dagger may originate from the Carpathian Basin or Ukrainian steppe, and predates the development of bronze metallurgy for the region.

This transition is traditionally known as the Copper Age and marked a gradual incorporation of copper while stone remained the primary resource utilised.

Dr. Elżbieta Sieradzka-Burghardt from the museum in Jarosław, said: “This is a period of enormous change in the main raw materials for the production of tools. Instead of flint tools commonly used in the Stone Age, more and more metal products appear heralding the transition to the next period – the Bronze Age.”

Daggers during this era were a universal attribute of warriors, however, being made from copper suggests that the owner held a high social status. This is further supported by its size measuring 10.5 cm in length, which for this period is actually very large when compared to other metal objects from the same era.

The dagger has already been added to the collection of the Orsetti House Museum in Jarosław.

Header Image Credit : Łukasz Śliwiński

Sources : PAP – A dagger from over 4,000 years ago found in the forest.

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