Middle East

Archaeologists cast doubt on ‘oldest’ mention of Jerusalem

An employee of the Israel Antiquities Authority puts up a poster bearing a picture of an ancient papyrus manuscript dating back to time of the First Temple (seventh century BCE) during a press call in Jerusalem on October 26, 2016. The rare find was exposed in an enforcement operation initiated by the Israel Antiquities Authority Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery. The document written on papyrus bears the name of the city of Jerusalem and is the earliest extra-biblical source to men

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on October 29, 2016, on page 9.

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