Comments on the date of late-monarchic judahite seal impressions

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The article is a rejoinder to the recent discussion on the date of latemonarchic (Iron IIB-C) Judahite seal impressions (Lipschits, Sergi and Koch 2010; 2011; Koch and Lipschits 2010; Ussishkin 2011; Lipschits 2012). It contends with two main issues: (1) Methodological observations regarding the transition from the Iron IIB to the Iron IIC pottery horizons in Judah and their implications for the date of the lmlk seal impressions; (2) The date of appearance of the rosette seal impressions and its implications for the "archaeology of the days of Manasseh" paradigm. The author agrees with Lipschits et al.'s early 7th century dating of the late lmlk seal impressions, but would place the transition from the concentric incisions to the rosette impressions somewhat before the middle of the 7th century BCE, in the days of King Manasseh.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-211
Number of pages9
JournalTel Aviv
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Judah
  • King manasseh
  • Lachish
  • Lmlk impressions
  • Rosette impressions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Archaeology


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