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Pottery Shard May Be 'Missing Link' in the Alphabet's Development

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Inscribed on a tiny fragment of a clay pot, the writing consists of six letters on two lines. As study co-author Haggai Misgav, an epigraphist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, tells Haaretz's Ariel David, the first three letters may spell out the word ebed, meaning "slave" or "servant." The inscription was likely part of a person's name: Per Haaretz, a popular naming convention at the time combined "servant" with the name of a local god to symbolize devotion. The second line on the shard could read nophet, meaning "nectar" or "honey."