Israeli archeologists could win prestigious award over 2nd Temple-era find

Israel is among the five candidate countries for the prestigious annual International Archaeological Discovery Award “Khaled al-Asaad” for an excavation conducted in the Western Wall Tunnels in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Tuesday.

A dig headed by Israeli archeologists Barak Monnickendam-Givon and Tehila Sadiel discovered a hidden underground complex that experts think was used by the Jews to prepare for religious services during the Second Temple period before it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.

Sadiel added that various subjects were also discovered in the rooms. “We found terracotta crockery, some bases of an oil lamp used to make light, a stone cup exceptional for the period and a fragment of qalal, [which is] a large stone container used for water, perhaps linked to the Jewish practices of the purification ritual”. Source: Israel Hayom

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