Silver Amulet from Samaria


A silver inscribed amulet (PEF 2049) in the collections of the Palestine Exploration Fund was found in a tomb of the Graeco-Roman period during the excavations of the British expedition to Samaria directed by J. W. Crowfoot from 1931–35. The silver was tightly rolled up inside a cylindrical copper case and was recognized when the copper had fallen away. Comparative study of the associated finds, notably glass and lamps, suggests a date in the 4th or perhaps 5th century AD. The text was directed at the healing of the owner.

C. Müller-Kessler, T.C. Mitchell and M.I. Hockey, “An Inscribed Silver Amulet from Samaria,” Palestine Exploration Quarterly 139/1 (2007): 5-19.