The Gath Inscription

21 Dec

Aren Maeir says

Two days ago, I mentioned how playing with Photoshop with pictures of the inscription from Area D did wonders. I was immediately swamped with requests to show pictures of the inscription!

Since I am a nice guy, and in the spirit of the holidays (Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, etc.), I decided to post something that will at least partially fulfill these requests (but will whet the appetite for more… 🙂 ).

He is a nice guy.  So he posts the ‘mem’ in the inscription and its enhanced versions.  (You’ll have to go there to see the others).

Wish he had posted the whole inscription?  Yeah, well you aren’t alone.  But I’m sure it will appear in due course.  Until then I’ll offer my own translation of the reconstructed phrase and particular word which includes the mem:

[then did Goliath drop his] s[hield and stagger to the ground after having been struck by David, the Second King of the United Kingdom of Israel who reigned from 1000 to 960 BCE…].

It’s going to be an amazing day when the full inscription is unveiled!!!!


Posted by on 21 Dec 2011 in Archaeology


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6 responses to “The Gath Inscription

  1. arenmaeir

    21 Dec 2011 at 7:15 am

    Jim – it’s much shorter than you assume, but nevertheless, is of interest…


    • Jim

      21 Dec 2011 at 7:45 am

      i’m very much looking forward to seeing it. are you going to publish it in a journal or online or both?


  2. arenmaeir

    21 Dec 2011 at 9:47 am

    Once we finish analyzing it, and we are sure that there are no more portions that are missing (and might have to be excavated in the 2012 season…), we will write a paper and submit it for publication, first in a journal (or the likes of it), and then online, etc. – the standard procedure for a special find!


    • Jim

      21 Dec 2011 at 9:48 am



  3. Robert Deutsch

    22 Dec 2011 at 1:13 am

    Thank you Aren for the first letter: M.
    I can guess the last four letters: AEIR



    • Jim

      22 Dec 2011 at 7:41 am