BAR 38:03, May/Jun 2012
More and More Menorahs
In excavations throughout Israel, images of menorahs (menorot in Hebrew) keep turning up. Last year Jerusalem archaeologists Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron discovered a first-century menorah graffito inscribed on a stone near the Temple Mount.a Then earlier this year, excavators at Horbat Uza, east of Akko, announced that they had uncovered a Byzantine ceramic seal during an Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) dig conducted prior to railroad construction.
According to excavation directors Gilad Jaffe and Danny Sion, the 1,500-year-old seal was probably a bread stamp used by a local bakery to identify kosher baked goods. Epigrapher Leah di Segni of the Hebrew University interpreted the Greek inscription on the handle to read “Launtius,” which the excavators suggest was the name of the baker.