Fri, May 25, 2012
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Ancient seal unearthed in Jerusalem

2012-05-25 07:20:30 GMT2012-05-25 15:20:30(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

A clay seal recently unearthed by Israeli archaeologists is displayed just outside Jerusalem's Old City May 23, 2012. Israeli archaeologists said on Wednesday they have discovered the first physical evidence supporting Old Testament accounts of Bethlehem's existence centuries before the town became the birthplace of Jesus. The proof came, they said, in the clay seal. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

A clay seal recently unearthed by Israeli archaeologists is displayed by Eli Shukron, who directed the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, just outside Jerusalem's Old City May 23, 2012. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

A clay seal recently unearthed by Israeli archaeologists is displayed by Eli Shukron, who directed the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, just outside Jerusalem's Old City May 23, 2012. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

Israeli archaeologists have discovered a 2,700-year-old seal that bears the inscription "Bethlehem," the Israel Antiquities Authority announced May 23, in what experts believe to be the oldest artifact with the name of Jesus' traditional birthplace.

(Agencies)

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