Archaeologists in Israel have unearthed rare ivory plaques dating to the time of King Solomon that would have been used to decorate furniture and are apparently what is referenced in the biblical books of 1 Kings and Amos.
Archaeologists uncovered the ivories among the ruins of a palatial building that likely was burned when the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem in 586 B.C., according to a news release by the Israel Antiquities Authority. The ivories had been smashed into tiny pieces but were restored in a meticulous process that required “joining and ‘fusing’ hundreds of the fragments,” IAA said.
Incredible: a rare and magnificent collection of decorated ivory from the First Temple Period was recently discovered in Jerusalem during an archeological dig.
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They date to the First Temple period, a time…