Iron Age II, 7th–6th century BCE
Ink on pottery
H: 12.2; W: 10 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1972-121
This letter was found in the archive of Eliashib son of Eshiyahu, commander of the fortress on Judah’s southern border. The archive findings include Eliashib’s personal seals, as well as a rich collection of letters pertaining to army, administration, and the supply of food and equipment. The letters were written on potsherds in ancient Hebrew script, using biblical Hebrew.