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Evidence of 2,000-Year-Old Battle for Jerusalem Unearthed in City of David

excavation director Nahshon Szanton holding a date-shaped juglet found in the excavated street (Photo: IAA/ASHERNET)

As we remember the Six-Day War of 1967, Israel Antiquities Authority just released a few artifacts that tell us more about the 2,000-year-old battle that ended in the destruction of Jerusalem. These artifacts continue to show the historical connection between the Jewish people and the Old City.

The findings, including well-preserved arrowheads and stone ballista balls, were discovered on the main road through the city [Jerusalem] to the Temple Mount, in an excavation that has been ongoing for several years.

These finds tell the story of the last battle between the Roman forces and the Jewish rebels who had barricaded themselves in the city, a battle that resulted in the destruction of Jerusalem,” the Antiquities Authority said…

Hagbi [one director of the excavation on behalf of the authority] said the current excavations also focus on exposing the area adjacent to the street, as well as the shops that were alongside it.

“Finds revealed in the excavations will allow researchers to answer such intriguing questions as: What did the main street that led to the Temple [Mount] look like? What was the urban nature of the lower city that extended on either side of the magnificent road? What did they eat in Jerusalem during the difficult siege, etc.? “In order to answer these questions, a multidisciplinary study is being conducted, as well as careful wet sifting at the sifting site in the Zurim Valley National Park, where even the smallest finds are collected.”

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