Diaspora before the diaspora

Ha’aretz asks: How Did a Judean Seal End Up in a 2,000-year-old Russian Warrior Woman’s Grave? The seal was found at Rostov-on-Don, at the northeast side of the Black Sea. That’s a long way from Judea!

Unversed in ancient Levantine languages, the archeologists assumed the writing was Phoenician or early Aramaic. But the letters are clearly ancient Hebrew. The unusual artifact was first noticed by archaeology bloggers Jim Davila and Aviv Benedix, who suspected the writing was a form of paleo-Hebrew.

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