Shalom Life | April 27, 2014

Chisel Used to Build Western Wall Discovered

The chisel, from the second Temple period, has been found by the Israel Antiquities Authority

By: Daniel Koren

Published: April 23rd, 2014 in News » Israel

Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority have found an ancient chisel, likely from the Second Temple period, that was, they suggest, used to build the iconic Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem.

The Second Temple was the pinnacle of Jewish observance during its period, standing on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem between 516 BCE and 70 CE.

According to Eli Shukrun, the archaeologist who is leading the dig at the bottom of the Temple Mount, the find is an exciting discovery, and the potential for what we can learn from it is ample.

"It is a 15 CM long ancient chisel. For the first time, after 2,000 years, we are in the possession of a work tool used by the builders who built the Kotel, the Western Wall," said Shukrun.

While the Israel Antiquities Authority note that they are still waiting for final researching on the chisel before they can make an official statement, Shukrun believes for certain that the archaeological find was indeed used in the creation of the Kotel, essentially the holiest religious area in the world.

"I have no doubt that it belongs to the time the Wall was built," said Shukrun. "We found it at the base of the Western Wall, about six meters below the main street of Jerusalem in the era of the Second Temple. The coins we found in the area, and ceramics too, indicate that it was at the time the Western Wall was built."

"The chisel itself was found inside rubble of stone chips that fell from the stonemasons working on the rocks comprising the Western Wall," he added.

Other findings by Shukrun's team of archaeologists include weapons from the Roman empire, cooking utensils, and a golden bell.

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