Nahshon Zanton, who is working on the late Iron IIA pottery from Area A for his MA thesis (updating Itzik Shai’s earlier study with new types that have since been discovered), yesterday came across a few fragments of a jar that might just have an ink inscription on it! We will now have to look closely for all related fragments, restore this vessel (which is a storage jar) and see if in fact this is the case!
And on a related note, hopefully, in the very near future, an article, which summarizes the late Iron IIA inscriptions that have been already been found at Tell es-Safi/Gath (not including this possible new one), will be published.
The title of the article is:
Maeir, A. M., and Eshel, E. In press. Four short alphabetic inscriptions from Iron Age IIA Tell es-Safi/Gath and their contribution for understanding the process of the development of literacy in Iron Age Philistia. In “See, I Will Bring a Scroll Recounting What Befell Me” (Ps 40:8): Epigraphy and Daily Life – From the Bible to the Talmud Dedicated to the Memory of Professor Hanan Eshel, eds. E. Eshel and Y. Levin. Journal of Ancient Judaism, Supplements, Band 12. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
P.S. And yes, this can also be defined as a tease… :-)