A Canaanite’s Wish to Eradicate Lice on an Inscribed Ivory Comb from Lachish

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2022
Authors:D. Vainstub, Mumcuoglu, M., Hasel, M. G., Hesler, K. M., Lavi, M., Rabinovich, R., Goren, Y., Garfinkel, Y.
Journal:Jerusalem Journal of Archaeology
Date Published:Jan-01-2022
Keywords:Canaanite inscription, ivory comb, Lachish, Serabiṭ el-Khadem, South Arabian scripts, Ugaritic script, Wadi el-Hôl

An inscription in early Canaanite script from Lachish, incised on an ivory comb, is presented. The 17 letters, in early pictographic style, form seven words expressing a plea against lice.

News articles about the paper:

1)First sentence ever written in Canaanite language discovered: Plea to eradicate beard lice (Science Daily 9 Nov. 2022) https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/11/221109085807.htm

2)Oldest known sentence written in first alphabet discovered – on a head-lice comb (The Guardian 9Nov. 2022) https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/nov/09/oldest-known-written-sen...

3)An Ancient People’s Oldest Message: Get Rid of Beard Lice (The New York Times 9 Nov. 222) https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/09/science/ivory-comb-beard-lice.html

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