The color immediately attracted our attention, but we found it hard to believe that we had found true purple from such an ancient period.
- Archeologist excavating a site called “Slaves’ Hill” discovered a rare purple fabric.
- Previous archeological digs have found this color on pottery but never on fabric.
- The color purple has special significance in ancient times, for royalty and those of high stature, as the dye was extraordinarily hard to come by: “The dye is said to have been more valuable than gold.”
Why It Matters: The first of is kind discover just south of Jerusalem confirms the existence of this color on fabric described in the Bible, worn by King David and even Jesus Christ.
by Jenna Lee,