Excavations Reveal Second Temple Wall and 19th Century Beer Bottles

Between 1894-1897, archaeologists of the Palestine Exploration Fund uncovered shafts, tunnels and walls deliniating Mount Zion.  Over the years, the shafts and tunnels were filled with soil, and Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists located and re-excavated the area.  They discovered a wall from the Second Temple period which was built by the Hasmonean kings and was destroyed during the Great Revolt in 70 CE.  They also found remnants of the previous excavations – beer and wine bottles and an old shoe.

The finds have been reported in many media sources.  The offical IAA press release is here.

UPDATE: A video about the discovery can be viewed on WeJew.com.

UPDATE: A humorous take on this discovery can be read at Jerusalemite.  The post is called Archaeologists find evidence of sloshed predecessors – and ancient city wall.  It begins:

Apparently drinking and littering on the job was not uncommon when it came to digging out the remains of Jerusalem at the end of the 19th century. That’s one of two major discoveries made last week by a team of (sober) archaeologists, who also discovered the remarkably intact remains of a city wall dating back to the Second Temple period.

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