JERUSALEM (Aug. 2)
Excavations at Tel Arad in North Beersheba brought forth fragments of pottery inscribed with a description of the mobilization of ancient Israelite troops against the Edomites. The fragments date back to 600 years before the Christian era, during the time of Jeremiah at the end of the period of the First Temple.
Nineteen inscriptions in legible Hebrew were found. They mention Elyashiv Ben Ashiyahu, commander of the Tel Arad fortress. The town threatened by an Edomite attack was Ramat Negeb.