The Wyatt Oil Lamp

Here are the pictures of the Wyatt Oil Lamp. Compare the Late Roman-Byzantine oil lamp discovered in the 2005/6 excavation. According to the Wyattists, the Wyatt lamp dates to the Late Iron IIC period. However, this is obviously not so. The closest parallel I could find in this slideshow dated to the Roman period. Looking at this website, with the closest parallel to the Wyatt Lamp I could find in all my searching, the description states, “Local round lamps with decorated discus – These lamps are very common in the Late Roman Period and are found throughout Israel”. Under “Date” the description read “Second and the third cent. CE.”. The lamp was under the heading “Discus Lamps” with the sub-heading “The lamps in this chapter all have distinct Roman features.”. This is made clearer by the fact I found similar lamps with erotic scenes dating to the 2nd century AD. It seems quite clear then, that if Ron Wyatt found the brown lamp with the goat in the Ark Chamber by the “original entrance”, the Ark Chamber was still visited during the 2nd century AD.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

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