This is a miracle. One of the most important discoveries ever made on the history of the alphabet. Our Expedition came to Tel Lachish to excavate the first Iron Age city. The first city built by the kings of Judah. And indeed, we found a city wall and houses from this period.
The Canaanite language developed in the second or maybe third millennium BC. The most important object unearthed in our excavation is completely accidental. It’s the comb which is from the Middle Bronze period. We didn’t come to excavate this period and it was just a chance find. The comb, it was found in a pit with other items from different periods.
The discovery of the oldest complete Canaanite inscription is a significant breakthrough in the history of the alphabet. The inscription was found on a 3,000-year-old comb, and it is the first-ever complete sentence in Canaanite that has ever been found.
Dr. Mumcuoglu, who was leading the expedition, found a louse on the comb’s second tooth and decided to test the DNA. Unfortunately, the test was inconclusive. However, as she was writing an article about the history of combs, she noticed an X on the side of the comb.
She immediately called Professor Garfinkel and told him that they had found letters. Dr. Mumcuoglu was skeptical since they had never found sentences in Canaanite, especially Middle Bronze Canaanite.
However, Dr. Daniel Vainstub confirmed that there were Canaanite letters on the comb. The inscription that was incised on the comb is a landmark in the evolution of the alphabet.
The Canaanites invented the alphabet, producing about 30 signs or letters. This was a revolutionary invention, one of the most important in the history of human culture. The letter Q in the Latin alphabet came from the letter Kuf that means monkey. A body of the monkey with the tail.
The discovery of this complete sentence has shed new light on the origins of the alphabet. It is clear that the Canaanites were pioneers in developing a system of writing that would later spread throughout the world.
The inscription on the comb is a prayer or a charm against lice. It reads, “May this tusk root out the lice of the hair and the beard.” This is a significant find because it is the first-ever complete sentence in Canaanite. It provides an insight into the culture and beliefs of the Canaanites.
The inscription on the comb is also significant because it shows how the Canaanites used the alphabet to express themselves. They were not just creating letters but also words and sentences.
This discovery also gives us a glimpse into the daily lives of the people living in the Middle Bronze Age. The comb was a common item used to groom hair and beards, and it was used to keep lice at bay.
The discovery of the oldest complete Canaanite inscription has important implications for our understanding of the history of writing. It is a reminder that every artifact, no matter how small, has the potential to tell a story.
This discovery also highlights the importance of scientific curiosity. Dr. Mumcuoglu’s curiosity led to the discovery of this remarkable artifact, which has transformed our understanding of the evolution of the alphabet.
In conclusion, the discovery of the oldest complete Canaanite inscription is a significant breakthrough in the history of writing. The Canaanites were pioneers in developing a system of writing that would later spread throughout the world. The inscription on the comb provides an insight into the culture and beliefs of the Canaanites and shows how they used the alphabet to express themselves. It is a reminder that every artifact has the potential to tell a story and that we should never underestimate the value of scientific curiosity. It is also a testament to the importance of archaeology in uncovering our past and the discoveries that can be made through excavations.
This discovery has implications beyond just the field of archaeology. It has the potential to change our understanding of the origins of the alphabet and its development throughout history. It also highlights the importance of preserving and protecting our cultural heritage and artifacts.
Furthermore, this discovery can also inspire future generations of archaeologists, linguists, and historians to continue to explore the past and to uncover new information that can enrich our understanding of human history.
In conclusion, the discovery of the oldest complete Canaanite inscription is a remarkable breakthrough that has the potential to transform our understanding of the evolution of the alphabet and the culture and beliefs of the Canaanites. It is a reminder of the importance of scientific curiosity, the value of archaeology in uncovering our past, and the potential for new discoveries to enrich our understanding of human history. We are honored to be a part of this exciting discovery and look forward to further developments in this field.