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Post by sweetandsour » Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:41 am

Cool. Those PNW Indians were/are pretty cool folks.
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Post by UncleBob » Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:05 am

sweetandsour wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:41 am
Cool. Those PNW Indians were/are pretty cool folks.
I was surprised that the prevailing belief was that the PNW folks got tobacco from the Europeans to begin with.
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Re: Archaeology in the News

Post by durangopipe » Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:28 am

UncleBob wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:05 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:41 am
Cool. Those PNW Indians were/are pretty cool folks.
I was surprised that the prevailing belief was that the PNW folks got tobacco from the Europeans to begin with.
Me too.
I always thought they got tobacco from the Tinder Box in Tacoma
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Re: Archaeology in the News

Post by UncleBob » Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:37 am

durangopipe wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:28 am
UncleBob wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:05 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:41 am
Cool. Those PNW Indians were/are pretty cool folks.
I was surprised that the prevailing belief was that the PNW folks got tobacco from the Europeans to begin with.
Me too.
I always thought they got tobacco from the Tinder Box in Tacoma
Ah yes! The Golden Age of Pipe Smoking!
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Post by wosbald » Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:26 pm

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First Temple Beka Weight Unearthed in Jerusalem Sifting Project
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‘Beka’ weight from the First Temple period (Photo Credit: Eliyahu Yanai, City of David

During the sifting of archaeological soil in the Emek Tzurim National Park, under the auspices of the City of David Foundation, a tiny stone weight engraved with ancient Hebrew letters spelling the word Beka was unearthed.

The weight, which dates back to the First Temple period, was found in archaeological soil originating from the foot of Robinson’s Arch at the Western Wall, just north of the City of David. The soil was transferred from the excavation area to the sifting site in the Emek Tzurim National Park for careful sorting, during which the weight was uncovered.

The Beka weight was used to evaluate the half-shekel donation brought by the Jewish people for both the maintenance of the Temple and as a census, as described in the book of Exodus 38:26: “One Beka per head; [that is,] half a shekel, according to the holy shekel, for each one who goes through the counting, from twenty years old and upward, for six hundred three thousand, five hundred and fifty [people].”

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‘Beka’ weight from the First Temple period (Photo Credit: Eliyahu Yanai, City of David)

Archaeologist Eli Shukron, who directed the excavations on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, explained: “When the half-shekel tax was brought to the Temple during the First Temple period, there were no coins, so they used silver ingots. In order to calculate the weight of these silver pieces they would put them on one side of the scales and on the other side they placed the Beka weight. The Beka was equivalent to the half-shekel, which every person from the age of twenty years and up was required to bring to the Temple.”

It should be noted that the biblical shekel weighed 11.33 grams. According to Shukron, “Beka weights from the First Temple period are rare; however this weight is even rarer, because the inscription on it is written in mirror script and the letters are engraved from left to right instead of right to left. It can therefore be concluded that the artist who engraved the inscription on the weight specialized in engraving seals, since seals were always written in mirror script so that once stamped the inscription would appear in regular legible script. “Apparently, the seal craftsman got confused when he engraved the inscription on the weight and mistakenly used mirror script as he was used to doing. From this mistake we can learn about the general rule: The artists who engraved weights during the First Temple period were the same artists who specialized in creating seals.”

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Re: Archaeology in the News

Post by tuttle » Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:34 am

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