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    In Jerusalem, finds made during the archaeological dig at the corner of the Western and Southern walls of Temple Mount have now been put on display at the Jerusalem City Museum.

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    In Jerusalem, finds made during the archaeological dig at the corner of the Western and Southern walls of Temple Mount have now been put on display at the Jerusalem City Museum.

    The dig began in February 1968 and is expected to continue for some years to come. The work is being carried out on behalf of the Israel Exploration Society and the Department of Archaeology at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, under the direction of Professor B. Mazar.

    The earliest finds on the site were a series of tombs West of the Western wall of the Temple Mount, at the bottom of the slope of the later Upper City. These tombs, long since looted and re-used, date from the Judean monarchy of the 7th and 8th centuries B.C. In one were about two hundred and fifty pottery vessels of the period.

    Very few items were found from the next chronological period, the Persian although there was more from the Hellenistic.

    Much of the reason for this was the extension of the temple Mount during the Herodian Period (1st Century B.C. to 1st century A.D.) when all the structures which had previously stood on the "Ophel" were destroyed. Hered expanded the sacred precincts of the Temple Mount by building around the area the present enormous surrounding walls.

    A number of stairways have been excavated including one sixty-four metres wide at the "Double Gate" in the Southern Wall.

    In later periods there were a number of finds from the Roman Period (2nd-3rd Centuries A.D.) when Titus' army, the Tenth Roman Legion was stationed in the city as an occupying force after they'd destroyed it in 70 A.D.

    There were also finds of the Byzantine (4th-6th Centuries A.D.), Early Islamic (8th-11th Centuries A.D.), and Crusader, Mameluke and Ottoman periods (12-18th Centuries A.D.).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA56CXMI6BO8WL3U4FZ84ANUWKO
    Media URN:
    VLVA56CXMI6BO8WL3U4FZ84ANUWKO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/08/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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