Ephraim Stern, En-Gedi Excavations I: Final report (1961–1965), drawings by Frank Moore Cross

ANCIENT NOTEPAPER. Two ostraca (pottery sherds with writing) were found on the tell at Ein Gedi. Written in Aramaic, they date to the early fourth century B.C.E. The tags were apparently issued to a woman worker, stating that she had cleaned the hide of a young sheep, thus evidencing a leather factory at the site. Could a leather factory and a perfume factory have coexisted at the site?