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ANOTHER LINK IN THE CHAIN. During Yohanan Aharoni’s 1966–1968 excavations at the site of Lachish in the Judean Shephelah, a young area supervisor named Volkmar Fritz uncovered a rich hoard of pottery (including the juglet in the photo), six inscribed shekel weights and an ostracon, all of which had probably been stored on a shelf that collapsed in antiquity. Inside the juglet Fritz found 17 lumps of clay that turned out to be bullae, or clay seal impressions, many of which bear Hebrew inscriptions.