Archeologists found some artifacts while excavating the City of David in Jerusalem that shook both history books and the Bible. They were incredibly ancient pieces dating back to 2600 years ago. There are also structures of important interest to them.
The seals on the jugs connect to the time of the First Temple Period of Jerusalem. Specifically, they were created near the end of the Judean dynasty. The rose was also a way to show that they were the property of the king.
The First Temple era started 3000 years ago, According to the Bible, that was when King David captured the city of Jerusalem. The era ended in 586 B.C., when the Babylonians came into the region, destroyed the city and exiled the Judeans.
Psalm 137 is one of 150 psalms written 2500 years ago, with nine verses tied to a tragic moment in the Bible. It describes captives mocked by the Babylonians as they mourn the fall of their city. It also serves as a way for the exiles to remember Jerusalem.
Ancient Babylonian tablets from around that time spoke of the life of Jewish exiles coming into the kingdom after the destruction. They were not slaves but productive members of society. Nebuchadnezzar went to Jerusalem multiple times and destroy/exiled the people.
There are more violent discoveries at the dig that add to the existing evidence. They found Babylonian arrowheads dating from around the same time. This brings even stronger proof that the burning of Jerusalem was a historical event as well as a biblical one.
During the excavation, they found that the ancient city was much larger than they thought it was. They also found this small ivory statue of a woman with an Egyptian hairstyle. Both were signs of a growing, thriving city with wealthy people.
Joe Uziel led the team that found this amazing discovery. In the video, he described more details, like that not all buildings were burned to the ground during the event. Some were merely later abandoned by the Judeans.
The ruins of the City of David is a national park now, connected to many national monuments. One of them included the Temple Mount, one of the most important religious sites in the world. Most of the excavations were concentrated on the eastern side.
The buildings discovered by the archeologists were found beyond the walls of ancient Jerusalem on the eastern border. There are still plenty of questions about where they are digging, however. Once they answer those and many other questions, they will know the true scope of the destruction of Jerusalem all those millennia ago.