another Qumran inkwell
- A recent publication includes much of interest: J.-B. Humbert & J. Gunneweg
ed., Khirbet Qumran et Ain Feshkha (volume 2), Etudes d'anthropologie, de
physique et de chemie (NTOA.SA 3, 2003).
For example, Jan Gunneweg and Marta Balla, in the course of a neutron
activation analysis article, (p. 32): "The ninth one [i.e., inkwell],
incomplete [the base remains] and only recently [e.g., not noted in S. Pfann's
useful volume in this series] recognized as such, was analyzed (QUM 221) from
the khirbeh, L. 129."
Interesting enough on its own, but, in addition, it so happens that this
volume includes a five-line inscription from that same locus 129 (ed. A.
Lemaire, p. 360-1).
This is not a review, as I haven't finished reading the book. But I can say
that this volume contains much of interest, even if it is expensive (perhaps
somewhat understandably so, given the illustrations), and even if parts of
some chapters contradict parts of other chapters, suggesting caution here and
The inscriptions include (p. 356) the "Elazar" one, inscribed on a bowl before
firing, dating much discussed, though the bibliography curiously lacks
reference to F.M. Cross.
Qumran date pits C14 are presented (p. 198, 204) as first century CE.
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