MembersEvidence for Destruction by the Babylonians

ARCHEOLOGY

By Netanell Doron |
Photo: Eliyahu Yanai/City of David archive

In the City of David, next to the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, archaeologists have found evidence of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in the year 586 BC. The 2,500-year-old findings consist, among other things, of charred wood, grape seeds, pots and jars, fish scales and bones, as well as a number of unique and rare artifacts. The archaeologists from the Antiquities Authority, Ortal Chalaf and Dr. Joel Uziel, believe that these objects are indicative of the prosperity in Jerusalem at that time. In this respect, a small ivory statue of a naked woman, wearing her hair in the Egyptian style, is of particular note. The quality of the craftsmanship is evidence of the outstanding technical skill of the artists of the period.

The Antiquities Authority exhibited...

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