Unprovenanced inscribed material (was: seals of biblical characters?)
- When you change the topic under discussion, please change the header as well. And do be aware that the topic you raised has been chewed over on this list ad infinitum. And of course, in many things, practices accepted in the 19th century are not in the 21st century.
Trudy S. Kawami
From: ANEfirstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:ANEemail@example.com] On Behalf Of Michael Welch
Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2011 3:46 PM
Subject: Re: SV: [ANE-2] seals of biblical characters?
Dear Dr. Lemche and Dr. West and List Members, The idea that unexcavated inscribed material is not used by scholars is completely false. The idea that ASOR does not allow unexcavated inscribed material to be published by its current members is true. However, once the inscribed unexcavated material is published, it is free to be used by ASOR members. You may wonder why. It is because over ninety percent of the inscribed material from Palestine/Israel is unexcavated. All scholars on this list have studied unexcavated material. This is because since at least 1847, unexcavated seals, tablets, stelae, Dead Sea Scrolls, ostraca, and bullae have been purchased and published by scholars.
With Much Gratitude,
--- In ANEfirstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:ANE-2%40yahoogroups.com>, Jim West <jwest@...<mailto:jwest@...>> wrote:
> ASOR also rejects 'discoveries' outside of controlled digs.
> On 12/15/2011 4:49 AM, Niels Peter Lemche wrote:
> > if they are found in a controlled archaeological context, it is good and important. But such seals have been known for many years (e.g. Avigad's bullae). Some of them were denounced as fakes, one of the reasons why leading archaeologists in Israel denies to use them for anything if they are not found in such a controlled context.
> > Niels Peter Lemche
> Jim West, ThD
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