Courtesy Adam Zertal

Small marks, big importance. It takes a sharp eye to notice the three tiny indentations that decorate the handles of some Israelite Iron I pottery vessels and an even sharper mind to recognize their significance. The occurrence of these indentations varies according to place and time, so they can be used to track the movements of the Israelites over time. This style of decoration first appears, and is most abundant, principally in eastern Manasseh in the 13th and 12th centuries B.C.E.