Courtesy Siegfried H. Horn Archaeological Museum

Just discovered, and not yet published, this ostracon provided crucial evidence for the dating of the three administrative buildings (see photo) at Tell el-‘Umeiri. Possibly part of a letter written to a king, it contains Ammonite names and exhibits a style of Ammonite script datable to the mid-sixth century B.C.E. Since it was found in a pit immediately below the stratum with the earliest administrative building, these buildings must have been constructed at about this time.