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An official-looking seal impression and a crudely made clay seal were recently unearthed in the ongoing excavation in the Givati parking lot in Jerusalem.  The official seal impression depicts a man, perhaps a king or governor, sitting on a chair with pillars in front of him.  The crudely made seal was made using a pottery sherd and appears to contain fake writing.  Both were found in what may have been a shanty camp set up in the courtyard of an earlier Iron Age building that had destroyed by the Babylonians.  The archaeologists who made the discoveries believe them to be evidence of how Jerusalem was resettled in the Persian period as well as a possible indication of efforts that were made to restore some sort of administration.  The books of Ezra and Nehemiah describe the return to Jerusalem from the Babylonian captivity.


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