Monday, October 22, 2007

Archaeological Finds In Israel From the 1st Bais Hamidash?

Archaeologists have stumbled upon what they believe to be artifacts dating back to the First Temple. The artifacts were found after Israeli archaeologists went to inspect ongoing unauthorized Muslim excavations and building projects atop Jerusalem's Temple Mount last week. During the visit to the Muslim-occupied and controlled holy hill, the archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority examined a deep gash the Muslims had cut into the floor of the compound, revealing a layer of remains they were able to positively date to the eighth to sixth centuries BC.The artifacts discovered at the site included fragments of bowls decorated in a style characteristic of the First Temple Period, jars for the storage of oil and juglets used to ladle the oil during religious ceremonies.

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