Bible proof? Archaeology dig uncovers ancient unusual artefact under holy Jerusalem site

An archeology group in Israel has discovered remains from what they believe is an ancient Jerusalem market tied to the Temple Mount. The conclusion was made after the team of experts found a tabletop measuring device made of stone that dated back around 2,000 years. The rare and unusual ancient table, discovered by the Israel Antiquities Authority, led them to conclude that they had found the site of a key ancient market en route to the second Temple Mount.

The Israeli archaeologists unveiled the measuring table earlier this week, which was once used for ancient wine and olive oil.

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has said that this confirms the presence of an ancient market at the excavation site, to the east of Jerusalem.

The IAA says that the discovery supports the theory of a lower city Jerusalem.

This has led  to the claim that they could be excavating the historical market connecting the ancient Siloam Pool with the Temple Mount.

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The Temple Mount is a hill located in the Old City of Jerusalem that for thousands of years has been venerated as a holy site, in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alike.

Jewish tradition says the First Temple was built by King Solomon the son of King David and destroyed by the Neo-Babylonian Empire but no substantial archaeological evidence has verified this. 

The Second Temple was constructed under the auspices of Zerubbabel in 516 BCE and destroyed by the Roman Empire in 70 CE.

It is the holiest site in Judaism and is the place Jews turn towards during prayer.

The archaeologists say the table being manufactured from stone “is interesting,” because observant Jews had developed rules for purity and stones couldn't be contaminated.

One Twitter user remarkedfollowing the discovery: "I love when artifacts are found that reinforce Biblical facts and objects."

The stone table has vertical cavities that resemble cup holders. The measuring table is only the third of its kind found to date in the Jerusalem area.

In 2018, a papyrus script found in a cave near the Dead Sea detailed the popularity of wine in the ancient Kingdom of Judah.

It was earliest reference to Jerusalem found outside of the Bible, which shows women in the court life of ancient Israel.

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