Clay fragment bears oldest script found in Jerusalem.
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
JERUSALEM - Archaeologists say a newly discovered clay fragment from the 14th century B.C. is the oldest example of writing ever found in antiquity-rich Jerusalem.Dig director Eilat Mazar of Hebrew University says the 2-centimeter (0.8-inch) long fragment bears an ancient form of writing known as Akkadian wedge script.The fragment includes a partial text including the words "you," ''them," and "later."The clay piece and predates the next-oldest example of writing found in Jerusalem by 600 years and dates roughly four centuries before the Bible says King David ruled a Jewish kingdom from the city.Mazar said Monday that the fragment likely came from a royal court and suggested more could be found in the most ancient part of Jerusalem, located in the city's predominantly Palestinian eastern sector.
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