Jerusalem stone carvings baffle archaeologists
Wed, 07 Dec 2011 11:53a.m.
Archaeologists have discovered mysterious stone carvings at an excavation site in Jerusalem. The carvings - which were engraved thousands of years ago - have baffled experts.
Israeli archaeologists excavating in the oldest part of the city discovered a complex of rooms with three "V" shapes carved into the floor. Yet there were no other clues as to their purpose and nothing to identity the people who made them.
Some experts believe the markings were made at least 2,800 years ago and may have helped hold up some kind of wooden structure. Others say an ancient people may have held ritual functions there.
The purpose of the complex is another aspect of the mystery.
There are straight lines on the walls and floors - something archaeologists see as evidence of careful engineering. The markings are also located close to the city's only natural water source - the Gihon spring - suggesting they may have had an important role.
Eli Shukron, a co-director of the project that found the markings, said they were a "little bit" mysterious.
"It's something that is here on the floor in this room from the First Temple period and we don't know yet what it means," he added. The First Temple period refers to a period in the ancient city beginning in the 10th century before the Christian era.
With experts unable to come up with a theory about the markings, the archaeologists posted a photo on Facebook and asked for suggestions.
Opinions ranged from the thought-provoking - "moulds into which molten metal could have been poured" - to the generic - "ancient Hebrew or Egyptian characters".
The archaeological dig is known as The City of David, a politically-sensitive project funded by the Israeli government and Jewish nationalists.
Palestinians and some Israeli archaeologists have criticised the dig for what they say is an excessive focus on Jewish remains. The participants deny that charge.
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17/05/2012 3:44:12 p.m.
that is simply where the footing of a loom or similar weaving machine was placed to prevent it from moving during all banging and slaming required for a tight weave.
20/02/2012 3:55:37 a.m.
They look like pyramids with a spot for the all-seeing eye on top.
17/02/2012 7:50:19 a.m.
If you want to know the meanings of the markings I know of two sources that you can go to to find out. 1 the stone tablets found at Ebla and 2 contact the LDS archeological department at BYU.
10/02/2012 11:44:44 a.m.
Lost Angles wrote:
what is rather interesting is the fact the site was under "previous fortifications", as per the sign, they could be simple directional arrows...
the temple of salomon was built from Ophel mount down the gihon springs, romans destroyed the teple and removed its foundations (josephus )
28/12/2011 2:46:35 a.m.
20/12/2011 9:34:48 p.m.
V is for Victory-God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit! ;D I pray it is a sign that Jesus is coming to take US home soon! Just waiting for the last chosen, to accept and believe!
20/12/2011 5:15:30 p.m.
JL MEALER wrote:
Appears to be floor mounts/support for bunk beds.
Works for me...
19/12/2011 3:12:13 a.m.
Two symbols facing one. Looks like markings indicating where to stand for some sort of ceremony. And since the two side by side are different, it could be interpreted in many ways.
11/12/2011 7:18:15 a.m.
I have seen these symbols for the last 10 years. As a member of the LDS Church (Mormon), I wear these symbols daily on my undergarments. The LDS church uses these three symbols since the beginning of the church and they are very important symbolically in the numerous temples found around the world. So, these symbols, exactly arranged the same way on my garments, is nothing new to me. These symbols were obviously important because they are found at an ancient Jewish temple sight.
11/12/2011 1:28:23 a.m.
Tony of Essex wrote:
Look again! Don't these markings look very much like those over the so called Jesus tomb. The Chevron sign has always posed a problem, they often mean male and female. Astarte was often shown with the Chevron over her groin. There appears to be things going on here that do not fit the standard theology.
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