More proof of the claim of the Jews. Jerusalem will not be muslim booty. Period.
An IAA Archaeological Excavation in the Heart of the Old City
Confirms a Description on an Ancient Map: For the First Time the Main Road of
Jerusalem, from 1,500 Years Ago, is Exposed
The excavations are being
carried out at the initiation of the Jerusalem Development Authority, prior to
rehabilitating the infrastructure
– an ancient mosaic map in a church in Jordan from the sixth-seventh century CE,
which depicted the Land of Israel in the Byzantine period, explicitly showed:
the entrance to Jerusalem from the west was via a very large gate that led to a
single, central thoroughfare on that side of the city.
Various evidence of
the important buildings in Jerusalem that appear on the map has been uncovered
over the years or has survived to this day – for example the Church of the Holy
Sepulcher – but the large bustling street from the period when Jerusalem became
a Christian city has not been discovered until now. The reason for this is that
no archaeological excavations took place in the region due to the inconvenience
it would cause in stopping traffic in such a busy central location.
because of the need for a thorough treatment of the infrastructure in the
region, the Jerusalem Development Authority has initiated rehabilitation work
and is renewing the infrastructure in this area in general, and next to the
entrance to David Street (known to tourists as the stepped-street with the
shops) in particular. Thus it is possible for both archaeologists and the public
to catch a rare glimpse of what is going on beneath the flagstone pavement that
is so familiar to us all.
From his knowledge of the Madaba Map, Dr. Ofer
Sion, excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority,
surmised that the place where the infrastructure will be replaced is where a
main road passes that is known from the map. “And indeed, after removing a
number of archaeological strata, at a depth of c. 4.5 m below today’s street
level, much to our excitement we discovered the large flagstones that paved the
street”. The flagstones, more than a meter long, were found cracked from the
burden of centuries. A foundation built of stone was unearthed alongside the
street on which a sidewalk and a row of columns, which have not yet been
revealed, were founded. According to Dr. Sion, “It is wonderful to see that
David Street, which is teeming with so much life today, actually preserved the
route of the noisy street from 1,500 years ago”.
During the Middle Ages
a very large building that faced the street was constructed on the stone
foundation of the Byzantine period. In a later phase, during the Mamluk period
(thirteenth-fourteenth centuries CE) elongated rooms were built inside this
structure, some of which are vaulted; these were apparently used as shops and
storerooms. It turns out that beneath this building – right below the street
that runs between David’s Citadel and David Street and leads to the Armenian
Quarter – is an enormous cistern, 8 x 12 meters and 5 meters deep, which
supplied water to its occupants. '
of the 1,500 year old street. Photograph: Assaf Peretz, courtesy of the Israel
2. The cistern that was exposed below the street,
between David’s Citadel and David Street. Photograph: Assaf Peretz, courtesy of
the Israel Antiquities Authority.
3. The region of Jerusalem as it appears
on the Madaba Map (both sides of the street are marked in red).
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