Josephus’ “First Wall” of Jerusalem Found

4 09 2008

An Israel Antiquities Authority team has reexcavated an area of the Hasmonean city wall dating from the 3rd century BCE.  The area excavated is on the south side of Mt. Zion next to the Catholic Cemetery where Oskar Schindler is buried.  The wall (including a tower preserved to 3m in height) was originally excavated by Bliss and Dickie in the late 1800’s using a tunneling system.  Not exactly the best way to do archaeology.  Remains of the Byzantine city wall were also discovered.

Note Schindler cemetary to right and JUC (where I got my MA) back left.

Note Schindler cemetery to right and JUC (where I got my MA) back left.

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4 09 2008
Shadowcall

This is neat!

4 09 2008
ochesnut

Yes, very cool stuff. I forgot to mention that in the right hand corner you can see the tunnel that Bliss and Dickie dug in the late 1800’s.

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