Archaeologists Have Found the Oldest Inscription JerusalemPhoto courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority
Earlier this year, archaeologists found a Roman structure in Jerusalem dating to the 1st century B.C. In the building remains, they found a column with the inscription “Yerushalem”, which is how Jerusalem is spelled 655 times in the Bible.

The column, with a style typical of the Herod the Great era, is currently being displayed at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The rare mention of Jerusalem in an ancient structure and other artifacts such as tableware and cooking utensils from the Roman army, make these finds even more exciting.

Experts will now focus on the name Dodalos, since the column reads “Hananiah son of Dodalos of Jerusalem.” The name “Hananiah” is common, however “Dodalos,” which could be a modified version of “Daedalus,” a craftsman and artist in Greek mythology, might mean that maybe “Hananiah” and “Dodalos” were craftsmen.

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