Impromptu, on-site history of LMLK seals by Tel Aviv University’s Omer Sergi

Today (August 2, 2012) at Tel Azekah, Chaim Tzemach unearthed a jar handle with a LMLK seal impression on it. Area S-2 Supervisor Omer Sergi (a Ph.D candidate in archaeology at Tel Aviv University waiting for his beloved advisor, Dr. Oded Lipschits, to finish reading and sign his dissertation ;-) identified the object and immediately broke into a quick lecture on LMLK seals for the student volunteers who had never heard of them.

What is most impressive is that it is a completely impromptu, yet highly informative lecture about LMLK seals given from the balk of a Tel Azekah Area S-2 square to students who had just pulled one out of the earth!

What follows is video I took of that lecture from the balk, which is the best 3-minute summation I’ve ever heard of LMLK seal impressions. In fact, I’ll incorporate this video into my “Jerusalem from the Bronze to the Digital Age” course at the University of Iowa.

Watch and learn.

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7 Responses

  1. This is great stuff! Thanks, Bob!

  2. np. lots of entertaining fun. it’s like living out npr every day. :)

  3. [...] Dr Robert Cargill has the details on this exciting find: Today (August 2, 2012) at Tel Azekah, Chaim Tzemach unearthed a jar handle with a LMLK seal impression on it. Area S-2 Supervisor Omer Sergi (a Ph.D candidate in archaeology at Tel Aviv University waiting for his beloved advisor, Dr. Oded Lipschits, to finish reading and sign his dissertation identified the object and immediately broke into a quick lecture on LMLK seals for the student volunteers who had never heard of them. [...]

  4. Why are mine and GM Grena’s comments being censored on that video? For now, I have responded to this censorship at youtube.com/watch?v=4Uk_-GlK5AE

  5. GM Grena (or you) is/are correct: It’s a Sochoh seal. Misread in the field.
    The comments are off b/c they were not supposed to be on in the first place. Still, it was good to have the immediate feedback. Cleaning in the lab confirmed Grena’s and your ID: it was a Sochoh.

    As for ‘censorship’ claims, you should know better than that with me. I’m the first to admit when I’ve made a mistake (like I did with your Absalom crack ;-).
    But I thought it important not to edit or Photoshop or digitally alter the images (as that tends lead to Jonah fish ;-).

    Thanx for the feedback.

    bc

  6. Thanks for the explanation! The Absalom crack and the Socoh identification were made by Grena, not by me; I wrote the “fish fiasco” comment. The explanation that the comments were always supposed to be off still does not explain why before roughly noon today only one not written by you was left visible to all visitors (by ZimriLim2011) and the first one written by me was visible only to registered YouTube users. If the comments are to be turned off, they should have not been turned on in the first place. I don’t quite get the following remark:

    But I thought it important not to edit or Photoshop or digitally alter the images (as that tends lead to Jonah fish ;-).

  7. It was a crackback about the Absalom/Jonah for Grena. I’ve updated the video noting the correction and a HT to Grena. Thanx again. -bc

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