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First Century, 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem

First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem
01/11
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View over the Second Temple era quarry uncovered in a northern Jerusalem neighborhood. The rest of Jerusalem is visible in the background. Note the massive size of the cuts for the stones.
First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem
02/11
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Senior archeologist Irina Zilberbod points out the massive scope of the 2,000 year-old quarry.
First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem
03/11
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Senior archeologist Irina Zilberbod shows visitors the documentation of the massive Second Temple era quarry uncovered in Jerusalem.
First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem
04/11
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Some of the 2,000 year-old tools discovered at the quarry site in northern Jerusalem.
First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem
05/11
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Part of the 1,000 sq. Meter quarry uncovered during construction of a new road in Jerusalem. Stones from the quarry, which is thought to be from Second Temple times (1st century CE) were used in some of Jerusalem's public buildings of the time.
First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem
06/11
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The new road linking two northern Jerusalem neighborhoods that led to the discovery of a massive 1st century CE quarry whose stones were used in ancient Jerusalem buildings.
First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem
07/11
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This is the size of the massive 2 meter long stones hewn out of the rock in the 1st century CE in a northern Jerusalem neighborhood.
First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem
08/11
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Tools discovered at a massive ancient quarry in northern Jerusalem. They were used 2,000 years ago to mark and hew stones as big as 2 meters long.
First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem
09/11
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An Israel Antiquities authority archeologist explains how ancient tools found at a northern Jerusalem quarry were used to hew massive stones used in some of Jerusalem's public buildings in Second Temple times.
First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem
10/11
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Workers rush to finish their work at a massive quarry where they've already unearthed 2,000 year old tools used to cut the huge rocks used to build some of Jerusalem's ancient buildings.
First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem
11/11
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Part of the 1,000sq. Meter quarry in northern Jerusalem uncovered as a new road is being built.
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  • First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem
  • First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem
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  • First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem
  • First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem
  • First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem
  • First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem
  • First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem
  • First Century 2nd Temple Era Quarry Exposed in Jerusalem

A new road being built to improve traffic flow in Jerusalem exposed a massive Second Temple-era quarry. The huge stones from the quarry were probably used in Jerusalem's largest public buildings. A 2000 yr-old key and tools were also discovered.

Excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo revealed a huge quarry of more than 1,000 square meters.

According to Irina Zilberbod, excavation director, “The quarrying phenomenon created a spectacular sight of bedrock columns and steps and craters of sorts that were the result of the rock-cuttings. Some of the stones that were quarried are more than 2 meters long.

The northern areas of Jerusalem are higher than the city of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period, so it was presumably easy to transport the huge stones, some which weighed tens if not hundreds of tons, down hill along the slope to the construction sites in today's Old City.

An ancient road dating to the Second Temple period was exposed next to the quarry and it was probably used to move the large stones.

Documentation of the site will be completed within a week and the highway construction will cover up the quarry.

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