I am back to Israel to work on new Aramaic ostraca discovered in Maresha.
The archaeological site of Maresha has yielded hundreds of Aramaic ostraca. Among them, a group seems especially difficult to decipher. My Israeli colleague, Esther Eshel, director of the Epigraphic Center at Bar-Ilan University, who is in charge of the publication of these inscriptions, invited me to come and help her in this task.
For this second trip, I brought brand new multispectral imaging equipment that can take high-definition pictures from the ultraviolet to the infrared spectrum. We’ll be able to produce better images, which will help in the decipherment of these fascinating inscriptions. 😉
UPDATE: I am back to Jerusalem from June 28 to July 4, 2016, to complete the multispectral photography of these 400 Aramaic ostraca!