The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) is announcing that Israeli archeologists have discovered a large-sized house from the Second Temple Period south of the Temple Mount. According to archaeologists, the structure may be the remains of Queen Helena’s palace.
According to The Jerusalem Post, the building was unearthed during a six-month excavation in the Givati parking lot just outside the Old City's Dung Gate.
According to the report published in The Jerusalem Post,
The site also indicates that the ancient City of David was much larger than previously thought, said archeologist Doron Ben-Ami, who is directing the dig at the site.
The palace, which was destroyed by the Romans when they demolished the Second Temple in 70 CE, was dated to the end of the Second Temple period by pottery and stone vessels, as well as an assortment of coins from that time, Ben-Ami said.
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The coins found at the site (pictured above), have ancient Hebrew writing and depict leaves and vessels.
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Tags: Archaeology, City of David, Doron Ben-Ami, Temple Mount