Ancient weight used for deceit in trade found in Jerusalem

Ancient weight used for deceit in trade found in Jerusalem
Ancient weight used for deceit in trade found in Jerusalem
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Archaeologists working in the northern part of the City of David in Old Jerusalem have discovered a weight about 2,700 years old in the main drainage channel at the base of the Western Wall. According to experts, it was these weights that were once used to deceive traders.

This weight, now found in ancient Jerusalem, with a diameter of only 14 millimeters, is only the second such specimen that has been ever discovered in Israel. It is made of hard, smooth, well-polished reddish limestone and has two parallel lines on its top, indicating that it weighs 2 heres, which in modern units is 0.944 grams. However, in reality, the weight of the kettlebell turned out to be three times more than what was written on it - at least 3, 61 grams.

As experts explain, this discrepancy is explained by the fact that the weight could be used in trade to deceive people. Carrying heavy and light weights, merchants used them appropriately when buying or selling goods.

It is worth noting that this type of fraud was even described in some detail in the Bible, in which it is very sharply criticized. “Do not have two different measures in the house - one large and one small. You must have accurate and accurate scales and measures so that you can live long on the earth that the Lord your God gives you. For the Lord your God hates anyone who does these things, anyone who acts dishonestly,”it says.

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