'Massive' ancient wall uncovered in Jerusalem
2009-09-07 0:00

From: cnn.com




The wall is built of enormous boulders, confounding archaeologists as to how ancient peoples built it.
An archaeological dig in Jerusalem has turned up a 3,700-year-old wall that is the largest and oldest of its kind found in the region, experts say.

Standing 8 meters (26 feet) high, the wall of huge cut stones is a marvel to archaeologists.

"To build straight walls up 8 meters ... I don't know how to do it today without mechanical equipment," said the excavation's director, Ronny Reich. "I don't think that any engineer today without electrical power [could] do it."

Archaeologist Eli Shukron of the Israel Antiquities Authority added, "You see all the big boulders -- all the boulders are 4 to 5 tons."

The discovered section is 24 meters (79 feet) long. "However, it is thought the fortification is much longer because it continues west beyond the part that was exposed," the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a news release.

It was found inside the City of David, an archaeological excavation site outside the Old City of East Jerusalem on a slope of the Silwan Valley.

The wall is believed to have been built by the Canaanites, an ancient pagan people who the Bible says inhabited Jerusalem and other parts of the Middle East before the advent of monotheism.

"This is the most massive wall that has ever been uncovered in the City of David," Reich and Shukron said in a joint statement about the find. It marks the first time "that such massive construction that predates the Herodian period has been discovered in Jerusalem."

It appears to be part of a "protected, well-fortified passage that descends to the spring tower from some sort of fortress that stood at the top of the hill," according to the joint statement.

The spring "is located in the weakest and most vulnerable place in the area. The construction of a protected passage, even though it involves tremendous effort, is a solution for which there are several parallels in antiquity, albeit from periods that are later than the remains described here."

Such walls were used primarily to defend against marauding desert nomads looking to rob the city, said Reich, a professor at the University of Haifa.

"We are dealing with a gigantic fortification, from the standpoint of the structure's dimensions, the thickness of its walls and the size of the stones that were incorporated in its construction," the joint statement said.

Water from the spring is used by modern inhabitants of Jerusalem.

"The new discovery shows that the picture regarding Jerusalem's eastern defenses and the ancient water system in the Middle Bronze Age 2 is still far from clear," Reich said. "Despite the fact that so many have excavated on this hill, there is a very good chance that extremely large and well-preserved architectural elements are still hidden in it and waiting to be uncovered."

Source: cnn.com



Related Articles
King Davidís Palace Found in East Jerusalem?
Archaeologists Uncover 'Oldest Church' in Armageddon, Israel
Jerusalem's volatile archaeology
Who Was Abraham?
Papers show Isaac Newton's religious side
You won't find any lessons in unity in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Archeology, Architecture, Artifacts, Art & Ancient Findings
Baalbek: Lebanon's Sacred Fortress
Red Ice Radio - Ian Crane - The New World Order's Quest for Zion in 2012
Red Ice Radio - William F Mann - The Templar's Search for the One Bloodline
Red Ice Radio - Lynn Marzulli - Nephilim, Biblical Prophecy & The Supernatural
Red Ice Radio - David Flynn - The Giant's Geoglyphs of Tiahuanaco
Red Ice Radio - David Hatcher Childress - The Mystery of the Olmecs & Ancient Civilizations
Were ancient Minoans centuries ahead of their time?
Celestial and Mathematical Precision in Ancient Architecture
Ancient Aryan civilization achieved incredible technological progress 40 centuries ago
The Crystal Sun


Latest News from our Front Page

As Greece Falls, Will Those With Gardens Survive?
2015-07-06 19:35
Greeks don't want austerity, but the future is bleak and unknown. As of Friday, grocery shelves were being stripped bare of staple cooking goods, and pharmacies ran out of crucial medicines like thyroxine (thyroid treatment). More than half of those items are imported, but with banking plugs, companies are unable to pay suppliers. Things are frozen; stopped, and tens of thousands ...
Rise of the super soldier: Liquid armour, indestructible exoskeletons and weapons that never miss revealed as the future of warfare
2015-07-06 19:17
War has been one of the greatest spurs to science in history. Developments as diverse and far-reaching as space travel, superglue, duct tape and microwaves owe their origins beneath camouflage netting and behind sandbags. Today's military innovations, though, are focused not just on getting the job done, but doing so as quickly as possible and bringing the soldiers home to their ...
Europe Survived War And Depression: Can She Survive Invasion?
2015-07-06 17:43
However the Greek crisis ends, whether with Athens leaving the Eurozone, or submitting and accepting austerity at the dictates of its creditors, the European Union appears headed for an existential crisis. Greece borrowed and spent beyond its means, like New York City in the ’70s, and Detroit, Illinois, and Puerto Rico today. But the crisis of Europe is about more than ...
Professor: Reason Itself Is A White Male Construct
2015-07-04 3:55
A philosophy and religion professor at Syracuse University gave an interview to The New York Times Thursday in which he critiqued the notion of pure reason as simply being a “white male Euro-Christian construction.” Prof. John Caputo was being interviewed by fellow philosophy professor George Yancy for the 13th installment of an interview series Yancy conducts with philosophers regarding racial topics. Given its emphasis on first principles ...
The Broken Window Fallacy
2015-07-04 3:48
Youtube description: This short video explains one of the most persistent economic fallacies of our day. Source: youtube.com
More News »