Re: Talpiot, Forgive them Father, for they haven't the slighest idea what they are doing'
- It is very helpful to have this information regarding the registration and "tagging" of the
ossuaries from this or any tomb, when it was done and by whom. In my posting I have
"asked" about this and I am glad for this response. I take it then that the series of 80.500ff
numbers were assigned as the material was received and thus have nothing to do with
whether an ossuary is inscribed or not, or what any particular inscription says, since Gath
indicates, several months after the "registration" that so far "four" had been noticed and
not yet deciphered, which means at least two of those inscribed were already registrered
with these numbers but without the inscriptions yet noticed or noted.
If we could now find out two other things it would be most helpful. First, how the
numbering of the ossuaries in each kok (see Gibson's map and he says he was very precise
with what Gath told him) might correspond to the registraton numbers/field IDs we would
be able to know how the names of these six were grouped in the tomb. Second, if any kind
of anthropological report was done on the bones in the tomb that would also be of great
help in terms of discussions of 100s (one quote early on to the press) of people in this
small tomb, vs. maybe 15-20.
--- In ANEemail@example.com, Joe Zias <joezias@...> wrote:
Anyone with a modicum of experience in excavating will know that objects in the field are
not cataloged, this is the task of the curator who curates these objects. In fact, in the field,
particularly in burial caves with no light but hand held flashlights and lanterns,
inscriptions are of little concern. The objects are simply tagged with the registration
number. The final numbers beginning with 80.500 were only added in the museum, after
cleaning. This is the standard operating practice anywhere in the world, objects are at
most given a registration number in the field and recorded in the excavators field diary.
The fact that there were 10 ossuaries given final numbers, means one thing and one thing
only, that 10 ossuaries had to have reached the Rockefeller Museum and that the curator
(myself) numbered these objects.