Researcher sees "milestone": inscription on 3,700-year-old lice comb deciphered

As early as 2017, researchers discovered a lice comb that was around 3,700 years old.

Researcher sees "milestone": inscription on 3,700-year-old lice comb deciphered

As early as 2017, researchers discovered a lice comb that was around 3,700 years old. But now they have also deciphered the inscription on the find. It reveals something about Canaanite life thousands of years ago.

Israeli researchers have discovered an approximately 3,700-year-old inscription on a lice comb made of ivory in Israel. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) announced that this is the oldest written sentence in Canaanite that has been found in Israel so far. "May this tusk eradicate the lice in hair and beard," says the find, which is dated around 1700 years before Christ.

"The inscription is direct evidence of the use of the alphabet in everyday life around 3700 years ago. This is a milestone in the history of human ability to write," said Josef Garfinkel from HU. The archaeologist was involved in the excavations. In addition, the find indicates that even people with high social status suffered from lice. Ivory was a very expensive material at the time.

The small comb is about 3.5 by 2.5 centimeters and was found in 2017, the statement said. However, the inscription was only discovered this year during post-processing. Individual words in the Canaanite language had previously been discovered in Israel, but according to the researchers, never a complete meaningful sentence.

The alphabet was thus invented around 1800 BC and used by the Canaanites and later by most of the other languages ​​of the world. The now extinct language belongs to the Semitic languages ​​and is related to Hebrew.

The ridge was discovered in the ancient city of Tell Lachish. Located 40 kilometers southwest of Jerusalem, it was one of the most important cities of the Canaanites. But the comb was probably imported, since there were no elephants in Canaan and therefore no ivory either.

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