King Darius in Israel: An Almost Amazing Archaeological Discovery

The Darius inscription
Yoli Schwartz/Israel Antiquities Authority

While touring Tel Lachish last December, visitors stumbled across a pottery sherd with an inscription etched across it. After reporting it to the Israel Antiquities Authority, and following research by an epigrapher, the ostracon was revealed earlier this month to be the first-ever inscription found in Israel bearing the name of the famed Persian king, Darius the Great.

Unfortunately, two days later, the discovery turned out to be fake news.

On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal talks about how an honest archaeological mistake led to the discovery. Then he discusses how the famous Persian king was critical in the construction of the second temple in Jerusalem.

Let the Stones Speak

Show Notes

The Darius Affair: A Case of Mistaken Authenticity—And Overreaction?