Ancient bread stamp uncovered in Israel

Published on January 11th, 2012 | by Admin


An ancient ceramic stamp used to mark kosher bread has been found in Akko in Israel.

From the Byzantine period, the stamp is called a “bread stamp,” as it was used to identify baked goods; this one, in particular, probably belonged to a bakery supplying kosher bread to the Jews of Akko, the researchers say.

Engraved into the stamp is the seven-branched menorah on top of a narrow base. Several Greek letters appear around a circle and dot, all of which are engraved on the end of the menorah’s handle. The researchers suggest the letters spell out the name Launtius, a common name among Jews of this period and a name that has shown up on other bread stamps. Launtius was likely the name of the baker, they added.

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Story: Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience | Photo: Dr. Danny Syon, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

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