Friday October 9, 2015
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Second Temple-era mikveh discovered under Al-Aqsa mosque

Al-Aqsa mosque was destroyed in an earthquake in 1927 • As it was being rebuilt, the British archaeologist Robert Hamilton documented the excavation of its foundations • He hid away the findings that the waqf found inconvenient • Today, thousands of findings, including a seal with the inscription “From Gibeon to the king” unearthed by Dr. Gabi Barkai and Zachi Dvira, shed light on the Temple Mount’s Jewish period • A peek back into history.

Nadav Shragai

"From Gibeon to the king" engraving on seventh century B.C.E. artifact found at Al-Aqsa mosque excavation.
Photo credit: Courtesy City of David Archives
Dr. Gabi Barkai unearthed the hidden findings.
Photo credit: Dudi Vaaknin
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