Strata
What Is It?
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A. Persian magnet
B. Philistine plow point
C. Roman key
D. Assyrian shackle
E. Urartian horseshoe
Answer: B) Philistine plow point
This two-pronged iron plow point was found among a cache of agricultural tools buried at the Philistine city of Ekron in the late seventh century B.C. Such points, which would have been attached to wooden handles, were the business ends of the simple scratch plows that were used to break up and loosen the hard, rocky soils that are found throughout the hilly regions of Palestine. Their narrow prongs were not intended to turn over the soil, but rather to create shallow furrows in which the seeds of wheat, barley, olives and other Mediterranean crops could then be spread and planted. In the Bible, plow points and other everyday agricultural …

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