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21 November 2018
An artifact from the period of the First Temple was found in Jerusalem

During the sifting of the archaeological soil in the Emek Zurim National Park, under the auspices of the City of David Foundation, a particularly amazing artifact was discovered: the tiny Beck stone, engraved with ancient Hebrew letters.

The stone, dated to the period of the First Temple, was found in archaeological soil from the foundations of the Western Wall, north of the city of David, at the foot of the Robinson Arch.
Archaeologist Eli Shukron, who supervised the excavation, explains that “when the tax on polysklya was brought, there were no coins during the First Temple, so they used silver ingots. To calculate the weight of these silver ingots, they placed them on one side of the balance the parties have placed Becky's weight. " It should be noted that the biblical shekel weighed 11.33 grams.

"The weight of Becky from the period of the First Temple is rare, but this weight is even rarer because the inscription is written in a mirror script and the letters are engraved from left to right and not from right to left. mirror script, as he used to do. "

The artifact will be shown to the general public during Hanukkah in the Emek Tzurim National Park.

The screening project in the Emek Zurim National Park under the auspices of the Ir David Foundation together with the Israel Conservancy and Parks Administration is a large-scale archaeological project that provides the public with an opportunity to gain archaeological experience without the need for prior knowledge. The project, called the "Archaeological Experience", is carefully oriented towards archaeologists and allows participants to become "archaeologists for one day" when they sift through the soil and find treasures from the past. 

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