Transcribed note by the age of 2600: the author asked wine

Transcribed note by the age of 2600: the author asked wine

In the tel Aviv University have discovered a previously unknown recording on the reverse side of an ancient ceramic shard. Found in the 1960-ies the fragment of a letter the author asks for wine.

Until recently, one of the sides of the ostracon was considered empty. Arad, where a discovery was made, was used as a military Outpost.

The inscription on the front side contains service records and records of military Finance.

The contents of the back were able to identify only now using the new scanning system. On the invisible side of the Epistle, the author writes about the supply of oil and asked me to send wine for the needs of the garrison.

As you can tell from the text on the ostracon, in the sixth century BC, the official responsible for the enforcement of the garrison at Arad, was to obtain provisions. Together with the oil and flour was sent and a cover letter on a ceramic fragment.

It is assumed that the addressee of the message was the logistics officer by the name Eliseev Ben-Ohahu, and the author — someone Hananiah from the city of Beersheba.

The letter begins with a friendly greeting: “Your friend Hananiah [real] sends greetings to you [Eliashiv and your family] and God bless you God”.

This is followed by mention of the receipt sent by the author from Beersheba, requests for the shipment of silver and oil, as well as the wish not to send any goods, whose title is indistinguishable.

Researchers date the ostracon, called Arad 16, 600 BC. This means that the correspondence between Hananiah from Beersheba and Elisheva Ben-Eliahu from the garrison of Arad took place during the time of the First Temple and just before the conquest of Judah, the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II.