{FD} Ancient deal-makers: Archaeological find sheds light on Biblical kingdom

Long before anyone licked the gum on an envelope, people used seals to ensure that their letters weren’t opened until they reached their recipients. If the seal was broken before it reached its destination, it indicated that someone had opened it.Now an archaeological dig in Israel’s City of David National Park, in the area of the walls of Jerusalem, has unearthed a collection of small clay seals that prove that the practice of using seals to ensure the privacy of a message goes back more than 2,700 years.