Archeologists have discovered a 2,600-year-old note from a soldier named Hananyahu in what’s now Israel, written on a piece of pottery, requesting more wine. Hananyahu—I get it, bud.
The New York Times reports on the finding. The pottery piece—commonly used at the time like loose-leaf paper and called an ostracon—was discovered in 1965 at what was a fortress in the Kingdom of Judah in Hananyahu’s time. Archeologists have known for decades about stuff on the front, but they’ve only recently found the previously invisible note to someone named Elyashiv on the back, using multispectral imaging technology. “Getting a letter from Hananyahu after 2,600 years, it’s something that gave me chills,” said doctoral student Shira Faigenbaum-Golovin, one of the study’s authors.
“More than 17 words, composed of 50 characters, are on the back side of the ostracon. They include a request for wine, an assurance that Hananyahu will assist Elyashiv with anything he wants, a request for an unknown commodity and another reference to wine,” the Times explains.
How many times does an ancient have to ask, anyway?