Courtesy Avraham Biran and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Mark of ownership. “Belonging to Amotz” (lÕms) says the four-letter inscription in paleo-Hebrew on this small sherd from a jar. Although this is the same name as the father of the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 1:1), the name was fairly common in the eighth century B.C.E., the date of this sherd. The discovery of this inscription in 1966, the first year of the excavation at Tel Dan, raised expectations for the dig’s future.