Ancient Judaean temple, cistern discovered in Jerusalem
- IPL spot-fixing case: Actor Vindoo Dara Singh arrested in Mumbai
- IPL 2013 LIVE SCORE: Chennai Super Kings bat, Sachin Tendulkar still out
- Pune Warriors withdraw from IPL, 'disgusted' by BCCI's attitude
- IPL spot fixing: How Sreesanth splurged money on girlfriend
- Li Keqiang visits TCS, Cyrus P Mistry says China important for growth of Tata Group
In an major discovery, Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a rare 3,000-year-old temple, number of religious statuettes and a large public water reservoir that can change the current understanding about Jerusalem's water supply during the Judaean Period.
Until now, it was believed that most of Jerusalem's water during that period reached the city directly from the Gihon Spring, which runs from lower Silwan.
The items discovered, near an altar of a temple, include ritual pottery vessels, fragments of chalices and figurines of animals.
The discoveries were made outside Jerusalem at Tel Motza, during archaeological excavations conducted in the Jerusalem Archaeological Garden, taking place ahead of new highway construction in the area, the Hareetz newspaper reported.
"The exposure of the current reservoir, as well as smaller cisterns that were revealed along the Tyropoeon Valley, unequivocally indicates that Jerusalem's water consumption in the First Temple period was not solely based onthe output of the Gihon Spring water-works, but also on more available water resources, such as the one we have just discovered," Eli Shukron, the excavation director was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
The finding revealed a number of earlier structures,which were demolished in order to construct the channel, along with the street above the channel, and what appears to be parts of the Western Wall.
"Presumably the large water reservoir, which is situated near the Temple Mount, was used for the everyday activities of the Temple Mount itself and also by the pilgrims who went up to the Temple and required water for bathing and drinking," Chief archaeologist of the Nature and Parks Authority and an expert on ancient water systems Dr Tvika Tsuk said.
Discoveries from the First Temple period in Jerusalem are relatively rare, compared to findings from later periods.
The First Temple Period dates from 1006 BC to 586 BC.
- 'Sophisticated' Indian cyberattacks targeted Pak military sites: Report
- Talkative Li quoted Weber, Hegel, Jobs, said PM is large-hearted
- Bihar food corp ends up with chaff as rice worth Rs 535 cr vanishes from mills
- In 7 lucrative minutes on May 9, Sreesanth bowled 6 balls, bookie made Rs 2.5 cr
- India and China ask border envoys to work on more steps
- Former Ranji player among 3 more held