Rare artifacts reveal what life was like in Jerusalem 2,500 years ago
Excavators found grape seeds, charred wood, fish bones and some pretty amazing sculptures in their latest dig.
Grape seeds, pottery, fish bones, sculptures carved with painstaking precision ... it appears the 7th century BCE was a busy time for folks in Israel.
Recent excavations in Jerusalem by archaeologists revealed the dining and storage habits and artistic prowess of ancient Israelis from about 2,500 years ago.
Among the findings were dozens of jars that once stored grain and liquids and had stamped handles.
The structures were unearthed as part of a large-scale dig at the City of David archaeological park in Israel. Before the dig, they had been covered by collapsed layers of stone.
Joe Uziel of the Israel Antiquities Authority explains the artifacts found at the site in the City of David, an archaeological park in Jerusalem, on July 26, 2017. (Photo: GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
What stood out to the excavators, they said, was the level of detail and artistic skill in the stone carvings. The different images on the seals, for instance, were used to classify objects stored inside the jars and allocate them for specific purposes like marketing and managing.
One of the most noteworthy findings in the dig was a small ivory statue of a woman with an Egyptian-style haircut or wig. The quality of its carving is high, and it attests to the skill level of the artists, the archaeologists said.
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