Robert writes, quoting the earlier report (see the link below)
“The team believes the tiny seal was put on objects designated to be used in the temple, and thus had to be ceremonially pure.”
To which he responds
Very interesting BUT the interpretation has to be different: The seal impression (the bullae) has two finger prints on the back and there is no evidence that it served to seal or to be attached to an artifact.
In the Mishna (Kedoshim, Tamid 3:3) is mentioned the “chamber of the seals” which was in the temple. There the seals were kept, whose impressions on bullae served as evidence of the payment for sacrifice.
The purchase of “seals” which are probably Bullae, is also mentioned in the Mishna: “Who wishes to get libations, goes to Yohanan who is over the seals, hands him over coins and receives a seal. He goes to Ahiya who is over the libations, hands him over a seal and receives libations. At evening they meet, and Ahiya presents the seal and exchanges them for coins”. (Moed, Shekalim 5:4).
Therefore the bulla discovered by Shukrun and Reich is in fact a receipt, or the means of payment which was used to buy offerings.
- The First Written Evidence Confirming Jerusalem Temple Ritual Practices (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)