Skip to comments.Key site from biblical kings' time unveiled near US Embassy in Jerusalem
Posted on 07/24/2020 10:12:43 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
A 2,700-year-old archaeological site recently uncovered in Jerusalem now offers an extraordinary glimpse into the life of the region at the time of biblical kings.
Located in the southern part of the city, between Talpiot and Ramat Rachel, the Arnona neighborhood acquired international fame when two years ago it became home to the US Embassy in Israel. Quiet and green, the area presents many spectacular views over the Judean Desert and even the Dead Sea, which can often be enjoyed from the new multi-story buildings that keep on springing up.
It was while preparing the site for a new residential complex that the archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) came across one of the most significant discoveries made in the city in recent years: a major administrative center believed to date to the days when Hezekiah and Manasseh reigned over the Kingdom of Judah.
"Excavations here started about two years ago," IAA archaeologist Benyamin Storchan explained to The Jerusalem Post while touring the site. "Prior to the excavations, there was only one major ancient remain that was known in the area, a giant stone pile completely constructed of flint stone."
Carrying an archaeological survey ahead of any construction projects is legally mandatory in Israel and it is tasked to the IAA.
Aware of the presence of the ancient artificial hill near the site of the new buildings, the archaeologists explored its surroundings and came across a monumental concentric structure. Its size, the location which dominates the valley, as well as the artifacts uncovered provided evidence that the site was not just a common private estate but an important administrative center...
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Aerial Photo of the Israel Antiquities Authority excavation on the slopes of Arnona (photo credit: Assaf Perez/Israel Antiquities Authority)
Great! The restoration is underway
current links from Archaeologica, for later:
The Hashemite Kdm of Jordan ethnically cleansed eastern Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria, back in 1948. It was ejected in 1967. Getting rid of those who started squatting in 1948 continues.
One of the nice things about living in Jerusalem is that you cannot even stub your toe without starting an excavation. Literally, 2700 years of civilization is always just beneath your feet.
At first glance I thought it read Web Site of Biblical kings which really piqued my interest.
So Bedrock was where Jerusalem is now?
Let the muzzies run the place again, and it'll be pebbles after some bambam.
[Arnona: Administrative Center Found from time of Jerusalem Kings] "To the King": two-winged seal impression on Jar Handle. Photo: Yaniv Berman, IAA
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