I am going on an epigraphic mission in Switzerland during the second half of July to study a collection of Hebrew ostraca with André Lemaire.

An “ostracon” (plural: ostraca) is a pottery sherd reused (one could say “recycled”) as a cheap writing support (compared to papyrus or leather, for instance). It is a common support in Antiquity, notably for accounting or economical documents.
The study of these Hebrew ostraca will thus expand our knowledge of the life in Ancient Israel—a real treasure!

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