Nahshon Sneh

Three consecutive letters of the Hebrew alphabet, zayin, het and tet, identify the inscription at the bottom of the ostracon as a portion of an abecedary or alphabet, a common ancient scribal exercise. This ostracon was discovered in one of the interior rooms of the 7th–6th century B.C.fortress at Kadesh-Barnea. Pottery sherds often served as notepads of their day.