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Dan Inscription
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Fragments of an Aramaic Inscription that was discovered at Tel Dan in 1993 and 1994.  It is estimated that the fragments are from a stela that originally measured 39 x 19 inches.  The fragments were discovered in the open plaza outside the lower Iron Age city gate.

The historical interpretation is much discussed, but it is certain that the reading (right to left) of the 6 characters highlighted in white mention the "house of David" (= the dynasty of David).  The inscription dates to about 800 B.C.