Herodes sitt steinbrot?

Det er funne eit steinbrot som truleg har vore brukt av kong Herodes den store då han bygde sine praktbygg i Jerusalem. Herodes regjerte i Jerusalem i perioden 37-4 f. Kr.

Israel Antiquities Authority skriv i ei pressemelding, som også inneheld lenker til bilete:

A Large Stone Quarry from the End of the Second Temple Period was Exposed in Excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority is Conducting on Shmuel HaNavi Street in Jerusalem.

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Dr. Ofer Sion, the excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, believes, “The immense size of the stones (maximum dimensions: length 3 m, width 2 m, height 2 m) indicates it was highly likely that the large stones that were quarried at the site were destined for use in the construction of Herod’s magnificent projects in Jerusalem, including the Temple walls.

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“We know from historical sources that in order to build the Temple and other projects which Herod constructed, such as his palace, hundreds of thousands of various size stones were required – most of them weighing between two and five tons each”, said Dr. Sion. “The dimensions of the stones that were produced in the quarry that was revealed are suitable for the Temple walls (…)”.  (Les meir)

(via Ferrell’s Travel Blog)

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