While conducting archaeological works at the Abel Beth Maacah site, a group of researchers stumbled upon five shattered storage jars in a building dating back to the Iron Age. Besides finding the remains of grapes and what could have been wine in one of the jars, the scientists found a Hebrew inscription reading "leBenayau" on another jar.
“I admit that we didn’t see the inscription when we washed the finds”, Dr Naama Yahalom-Mack from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem told Haaretz.
In Hebrew, the preposition "le" means "to", thus "leBenayau" means that the jar belonged to a person named Benayau.
The finding may change the current view on the borders of ancient Israel, showing that they could have been further to the north than previously believed.