Ancient Cloth with “Tyrian Purple” Dye Found in Israel

Check out this article in the The Times of Israel for information on three textile scraps that have been excavated by Israeli researchers in the Timna Valley near Eilat.  These scraps are colored with the biblically described “argaman” or royal purple dye, and dated to the era of King David. According to the article, these cloths are the earliest evidence of this dye in the entire Southern Levant.  More importantly, this find sheds new light on the early Edomite kingdom and Israelite kingdoms 3,000 years ago.

The purpose of the Cooley Center is to explore the historical foundations of the Christian faith. This is accomplished by several means, one of which is providing resources that explore archaeology in the Middle East during biblical times.