Hezekiah (741–686 BC) , king of Judah, was known for reform and strengthening national defenses.
The impression bears an inscription in ancient Hebrew script: “Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz king of Judah,” and a two-winged sun, with wings turned downward, flanked by two ankh symbols symbolizing life.
Dr. Eilat Mazar said: “Although seal impressions bearing King Hezekiah’s name have already been known from the antiquities market since the middle of the 1990s, some with a winged scarab (dung beetle) symbol and others with a winged sun, this is the first time that a seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king has ever come to light in a scientific archaeological excavation.”More.
There’s probably a lot of other stuff out there that could shed light on history, if not plundered or wrecked. This one confirms what we reasonably believed to be true. Others, like the ancient computing machine, the antikythera, surprise us with the ingenuity of the ancients
See also: Earlier than thought: New clue in riddle regarding ancient computing machine?
But what if the creators of the ancient AntiKythera machine were smarter than we think?
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