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Mystery vessel dug up in Jerusalem

Date: August 01 2009

An earthenware vessel from the time of Jesus Christ bearing a rare inscription has been found at a dig in Jerusalem.

‘‘It is possible that this type of vessel was used by Jesus to wash his hands before eating,’’ said Shimon Gibson, an archaeologist and author of The Final Days of Jesus.

Similar artefacts have been found at the dig just outside Jerusalem’s Old City, but what makes this one rare is the writing engraved on it. The letters — either ancient Hebrew or Aramaic — are legible, though the meaning of the 10 lines of text is yet to be deciphered.

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