One of the most discussed news of the day was the message about the discovery in the archaeological Park of the Ophel, South of the Temple mount in Jerusalem, a clay seal of king Hizkiyahu (Hezekiah), who ruled in Judea from 727 BC to 698 BC
The stamp was found during excavations by a team from the Institute of archaeology of the Hebrew University under the direction of Dr. Eilat Mazar.
We are talking about the imprint of the oval shape, size 9,7×8,6 mm, fragment of clay with a thickness of about 3 mm and a size h mm. On the print traces from the ring that held the Royal seal.
On the seal is written in biblical Hebrew: «Belongs to Chizkiyahu, the son of Ahaz, king of Judah». In the center image of the winged sun with three rays, close to the symbol of immortality (Anka, «Egyptian cross»).
According to scientists, this print refers to the later period of the Board of Chizkiyahu.
This is the first detection of such print.