Ancient boundary stone found in Tel Gezer, Israel
|The 12th boundary stone from Tel Gezer, discovered over a decade before this latest find [Credit: Ferrell Jenkins]|
The new boundary stone inscription located by the Gezer survey team this season is the first to be found in over a decade, increasing the total number of known Gezer boundary inscriptions to 13. The new inscription is very weathered and is a bilingual inscription like many of the others, with some minor differences. It is a three line inscription, rather than the typical two, with the Greek name Alkiou on the first line (literally “belonging to Alkios”), remnants of the Hebrew word for “region of” on the second line and small remnants of the letters spelling “Gezer” on the third line. The Greek letters are larger than in other Gezer boundary inscriptions and both the Greek and Hebrew lines face the same direction. The survey directors will seek to publish the inscription as soon as possible in an academic publication.
|View of the excavation site at Tel Gezer [Credit: Web]|
The Tel Gezer Regional Survey, including 11 master’s and doctoral students in the archaeology program at Southwestern Seminary, is just finishing its sixth season in the Aijalon Valley west of Jerusalem. Southwestern has sponsored the Tel Gezer Regional Survey since 2007, under the direction of Eric Mitchell, associate professor of Old Testament and archaeology at Southwestern, and Jason Zan, a Master of Arts student in archaeology and biblical studies at Southwestern. Mitchell and Zan, along with Southwestern Ph.D. students Adam Dodd and Cameron Coyle have co-authored a soon-to-be-published Hadashot Arkheologiyot article on the results of the first five seasons of the survey.
Authors: Eric Mitchell and Jason Zan | Source: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary [May 25, 2012]