Second Temple Era Inscription in Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem, Israel. 9th October, 2018. Prof. IDO BRUNO, Director of the Israel Museum, shares his excitement in a 2,000 year old stone column drum, Second Temple Period (First Century CE), around the time of Herod the Great's reign, unearthed earlier in 2018 in excavations underway near Binyanei HaUma, Jerusalem's International Convention Center, bearing an engraved Aramic inscription reading “Hananiah son of Dudolos from Jerusalem”. Archaeologists share their excitement during a joint press conference of the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israel Museum stressing this is the first and only Second Temple era artifact which displays the full spelling of Jerusalem, written in Hebrew letters, 'Yerushalayim', as it is spelled today. The archaeological context of the inscription does not allow determination who Hananiah son of Dudolos was, but it is likely that he was an artist potter, the son of an artist potter, who adopted a name from the Greek mythological realm, following Daedalus, the infamous artist.