Rosette Stamp Impressions from Ramat Raḥel.

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The rosette symbol was the third (preceded by the lmlk and concentric incisions) in a series of governmental royal Judahite symbols utilized for marking official storage jars. The dozens of rosette stamp impressions on jar handles found at Ramat Rạhel not only indicate the continuing significance of the administrative center of the kingdom of Judah at Ramat Rạhel, but also help in dating the system as a whole. During the last third of the seventh century, which was a period of great change in the kingdom of Judah, the concentric-circles stamp system was replaced with the rosette stamp impressions. Rosette stamp impressions were found in the Central Highlands, and Judean Lowland sites such as Lachish and Azekah, together with Beersheba Valley and the lower Jordan Valley. This reveals the re-expansion of the kingdom into its lost Judahite territories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33
Number of pages1
JournalNear Eastern Archaeology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2011


  • Ramat Rahel (Israel)
  • Roses
  • Rosettes
  • Seals (Numismatics)


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