|The rare seal uncovered by the Temple Mount Sifting Project. Photo: Temple Mount Sifting Project.|
Barkay said the seal highlights
“the administrative activity which took place upon the Temple Mount during those times.”
“The dating of the seal corresponds to the historical period of the Jebusites and the conquest of Jerusalem by King David, as well as the construction of the Temple and the royal official compound by his son, King Solomon,”said Barkay.
“What makes this discovery particularly significant is that it originated from upon the Temple Mount itself.”The Temple Mount Sifting Project, which operates under Bar-Ilan University and is supported financially by the City of David Foundation, has also uncovered hundreds of pottery shards dating back to the 10th century BCE, including a rare arrowhead made of bronze.
“Since the Temple Mount has never been excavated, the ancient artifacts retrieved in the Sifting Project provide valuable and previously inaccessible information,”Barkay said.
“The many categories of finds are among the largest and most varied ever found in Jerusalem.”