Second Temple Era quarry revealed in excavations

Published on Thursday, 09 May 2013 by Webmaster

 Second Temple Era quarry revealed in excavations
An enormous quarry, dating to the Second Temple Period, was exposed in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood of Jerusalem. Tools used by the quarrymen and a 2,000 year old key were also uncovered at the site. The huge stones that were quarried there were presumably used in the construction of the city’s magnificent public buildings.

According to Irina Zilberbod, excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, "The quarrying phenomenon created a spectacular sight of bedrock columns and steps and craters of sorts that were the result of the rock-cuttings. What remained are rock masses in various stages of quarrying, and there were those that were found in a preliminary stage of rock-cutting prior to detachment. Some of the stones that were quarried are more than 2 meters long. The giant stones were probably hewn for the sake of the construction of the city's magnificent public buildings".

The enormous quarries that were exposed – totaling a 1,000 square meters in area – join other quarries that were previously documented and studied by the Israel Antiquities Authority. Research has shown that the northern neighborhoods of modern Jerusalem are situated on Jerusalem's "city of quarries" from the Second Temple period.

(Communicated by the Israel Antiquities Authority)

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