One of the earliest languages spoken from the beginning of human history was Aramaic. Through such an ancient language, there are many interesting facts to be found about the past. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that a recent discovery in the form of a 2,000-year-old bath with Aramaic writing has been circulating the news. The bath was found in Arnona, Jerusalem on Wednesday.
A 2,000 Year Old Bath Discovered From The Second Temple Period
The ancient bath discovered was a Mikveh, traditionally used for ritual cleansing and was found by the Israel Antiquities Authority during a routine archaeological inspection two months ago. The Aramaic transcripts decorating the Mikveh are thought to be dated back to first century CE, according to reports.
Scientists Struggle To Decode The Mysterious Text
The Aramaic writing utilizes a style that dates back to the time of the Second Temple period, commonly identified by the use of a cursive script. Because the text mainly consists of drawings and ancient symbols, scientists are struggling to decode the meaning behind it.
According to officials, the find was, “such a concentration of inscriptions and symbols from the Second Temple period at one archaeological site, and in such a state of preservation, is rare and unique and most intriguing.”
Waiting To Hear The Voices From The Past
Of course, as with any new discovery; be it archaeological, chemical or biological, there are still questions waiting to be answered in order to obtain a further understanding of the facts surrounding this Second Temple period transcript. Thus far, the questions have centred on the interesting choice of location for the writing, as well as the significance of it.
Due to the significant age of this finding, the images have been moved for preservation purposes and further study. The wait is now on to see what else we can find out from these messages from the past.