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The Mystery of Jerusalem’s Ancient Cairns

Mysterious mounds first thought to be places of pagan worship now believed connected to Israel’s champions of faith

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Anyone who has spent time walking around the mountainous neighborhoods surrounding Jerusalem would notice the occasional peculiar mound popping seemingly out of nowhere.   These rocky knolls are known as cairns. Many are ancient burial plots, and the larger ones are archeological tels. But in one of Jerusalem’s wealthier neighborhoods, there is a mysterious mound that rises out of the ground to 8 meters high (26 ft.) and 40 meters (131 ft.) around.  Back in the 19th century, British explorer Charles Drake noticed the unnatural knoll rising out of the ground in what is now the Givat Massua neighborhood on…

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