Archaeologists discover ancient clay seal in Jerusalem

I post this because the new Muslim narrative is to try and claim that Jewish people have no actual connection to the land of Israel. That it was always Muslim land or whatever crypto-history they think people will buy. Considering that the Gazanians have crushers and shredders running pretty much full time so the anti-Christ version of an Archeologist can dig up Jewish artifacts from the area and destroy them as quick as they can, you know some of them at least have to know the truth.


A rare clay seal is displayed during a news conference at the archaeological site known as the City of David in east Jerusalem, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (AP / Oded Balilty)

A rare clay seal is displayed during a news conference at the archaeological site known as the City of David in east Jerusalem, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (AP / Oded Balilty)

The Associated Press

Date: Sunday Dec. 25, 2011 11:12 AM ET

JERUSALEM — A rare clay seal found under Jerusalem’s Old City appears to be linked to religious rituals practiced at the Jewish Temple 2,000 years ago, Israeli archaeologists said Sunday.

The coin-sized seal found near the Jewish holy site at the Western Wall bears two Aramaic words meaning “pure for God.”

Archaeologist Ronny Reich of Haifa University said it dates from between the 1st century B.C. to 70 A.D. — the year Roman forces put down a Jewish revolt and destroyed the second of the two biblical temples in Jerusalem.

The find marks the first discovery of a written seal from that period of Jerusalem’s history, and appeared to be a unique physical artifact from ritual practice in the Temple, said Reich, co-director of the excavation.

Very few artifacts linked to the Temples have been discovered so far. The site of the Temple itself — the enclosure known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary — remains off-limits to archaeologists because of its religious and political sensitivity.

Archaeologists say the seal was likely used by Temple officials approving an object for ritual use — oil, perhaps, or an animal intended for sacrifice. Materials used by Temple priests had to meet stringent purity guidelines stipulated in detail in the Jewish legal text known as the Mishna, which also mention the use of seals as tokens by pilgrims.

The find, Reich said, is “the first time an indication was brought by archaeology about activities in the Temple Mount — the religious activities of buying and offering and giving to the Temple itself.”

The site where the seal was found is on the route of a main street that ran through ancient Jerusalem just outside the Temple compound.

Aren Maeir of Bar-Ilan University, a biblical archaeologist not connected to the dig, said the seal was special because it “was found right next to the Temple and is similar to what we see described in the Mishna.”

“It’s nice when we can connect an activity recorded in ancient sources with archaeological finds,” he said.

The seal was found in an excavation run by archaeologists from the government’s Israel Antiquities Authority. The dig is under the auspices of a broader dig nearby known as the City of David, where archaeologists are investigating the oldest part of Jerusalem.

The City of David dig, located inside the nearby Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan and funded by a Jewish group affiliated with the settlement movement, is the Holy Land’s highest-profile and most politically controversial excavation.

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5 Replies to “Archaeologists discover ancient clay seal in Jerusalem”

  1. One look from the Old City of Jerusalem and you will see a mountain to the east, the whole eastern and southern part of the slope is one huge Jewish cemetery which predates Islam. What more proof is needed of the Jewish heritage of Jerusalem than acres and acres of proof of the Muslims’ Big Lie right on the surface, let along historical and Biblical records going back over 3000 years?

  2. the world knows that islam is based on deception and lies.
    there are too many cowards in positions of power and influence for the message to be widely broadcast.

  3. I weep for the knowledge that has been lost because the Moslems want to destroy evidence that they are congenital lairs, at least some of the artifacts are being discovered by Israelis and saved from destruction.

  4. It is unfortunate that Muslims must lie so often in their attempt to rewrite history. It is just as unfortunate that many people are stupid enought to believe those lies.

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