Ancient Stone Quarry from Second Temple Period Uncovered

Courtesy of IAA

Courtesy of IAA

Stone quarry used to acquire stones for Herod’s rebuilding of the Temple, among other of his building projects, was uncovered in Jerusalem. This is the third of these kinds of quarries to be discovered in the Jerusalem area—the other two are in Sanhedria and Ramat Shlomo.

From JPost:

“A quarry from the late Second Temple Period that produced stone to build the Temple Mount’s supporting walls has been uncovered in central Jerusalem, the Antiquities Authority said Monday.

The latest discovery brought to three the number of quarries found in the city over the past two years which archeologists believe were used in the construction of the Temple walls.

The 2,030-year-old quarry, which spans more than one dunam (0.1 hectare), was discovered during a salvage excavation on the city’s Rehov Shmuel Hanevi ahead of planned construction of residential buildings at the site, the Authority said.

The immense size of the stones found at the site, reaching a height of 2 meters, indicate that they were used in the construction of King Herod’s magnificent projects in Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount walls, said Dr. Ofer Sion, the director of the dig at the site.”

JPost: Ancient Temple Mount Quarry Found in J’lem
Haaretz: Quarry used in Second Temple found in central Jerusalem
Reuters: Ancient Holy Land Quarry, Team Says
AP: Israeli Archaeologists Discover Ancient Quarry
Arutz Sheva: Second Temple Quarry Discovered
IAA: Ramat Shlomo Quarry

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