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#2 "That's heavy, Doc" on Weights, Money, Beauty, and Propaganda
Episode 218th November 2020 • The Artifact Podcast • Nachliel Selavan & Meir-Simchah Panzer
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In Episode 2 of the Artifact Podcast, we look at a recent archaeological find, a two-shekel weight from the First Temple period, found a stone's throw from where Nachliel grew up in the Old City of Jerusalem. This gets us talking about weights and measures, money and reputation, barter vs. currency vs. Trobriand Island economics, a Greek temple near Troy, Alexander the Great, Abraham, Jacob, beauty, counterfeiting, and propaganda.

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