Ancient farmhouse found under Jerusalem road
|Workers uncover the foundations of ancient buildings under a road in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Kiryat Hayovel [Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority]|
Archaeologists also found a hand-made lead weight with a letter carved on it — seemingly the letter “yod,” the tenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet and the equivalent of the English letter “y.”
The community seems to have been active both before and after the Maccabees took Jerusalem and re-dedicated the Temple in 164 BCE, marking the beginning of Hasmonean rule, according to the IAA.
|A perfume bottle and a lead weight bearing a carved letter were found at the Kiryat Hayovel dig [Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority]|
“Very little is known about the material culture and history of the residents of Jerusalem and the rural area around it in the fourth and third centuries before the common era, and the newly revealed site will help us construct a theoretical model of a settlement in this area,” Daniel Ein-Mor, the dig director, said in a statement released by the IAA on Monday.
The excavation, a salvage dig, is being carried out ahead of an expansion of the Jerusalem light rail system.
Author: Matti Friedman | Source: The Times of Israel [December 10, 2012]