Israel Unveils 2700 Year Old Extremely Rare Iron Age Papyrus Note

The rare papyrus note, which dates back to 2,700 years ago, was displayed Wednesday by Israel's Antiquities Authority. 

It was discovered in the United States and brought back to Jerusalem. 

The fragment of a letter, written in Palaeo Hebrew during the First Temple era, 

Contains four lines that begin with "To Ishmael Send," and the remainder of the words are missing.

Joe Uziel, director for the antiquities authority's Judaean desert scrolls unit, said, "We don't have any idea of what was being sent or to where."

Klein stated that papyruses found in the Judaean desert's dry climate could have survived the ages. 

Israel Unveils 2700 Year Old Extremely Rare Iron Age Papyrus Note

However, only two papyruses dated to the First Temple era were previously discovered by researchers. 

He said, "This papyrus was unique, extremely rare." Ahituv was shocked to find in the draft of the book a photograph of the "To Ishmael" papyrus.