Jewish village and burial estate from the Second Temple era discovered south of Jerusalem
Dedicated to all those who deny the history of the Jewish people: New evidence of 2,000-year-old Jewish ties to Jerusalem has recently uncovered in south Jerusalem.
In preparation for the construction of a new elementary school in Sharafat, located between the Biblical Zoo and Gilo, an excavation was funded by the Moriah Jerusalem development corporation on behalf of the Jerusalem municipality.
Remains of a rural Jewish settlement from the Second Temple era with luxurious burial ground were discovered in the excavations, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reported on Wednesday.
A large winepress was discovered at the site with fragments of jars, a large columbarium cave for pigeons nesting, an olive press, and a large ritual bath.
The burial estate has a corridor leading to a large rock-hewn courtyard surrounded by a bench.
The burial cave consisted of several rooms with long niches in which the bodies of the deceased were placed.
The IAA estimates that wealthy or important family members were buried there during the Hasmonean dynasty in the land of Israel.
The ground was used to bury several generations of families.
On the soil that covered the cave courtyard, large building stones were found, some of which were decorated in the architectural style of the Jewish Second Temple period.
Such rare stones were usually combined with luxurious buildings and burial grounds of ancient Jerusalem.