Discovery of skeletons near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem

According to Israel Hayom, journalist Benny Liss screened a movie of the finding of a “mass grave” just outside the Golden Gate a few years ago. Apparently “thousand of skeletons and human bones” were buried in a cave near the Temple Mount.

Jews, Christians or Muslims? An image from the film of the skeletons. | Photo credit: Yoav Ari Dudkevitch

It is not clear if those bones belonged to Jews, Muslims or Christians. The announcement of the finding of this grave coincided with the Jewish Festival of Tisha be-Av, the day on which the Jews mourn the destruction of both the First and Second Temples. This, of course, shows that Benny Liss believes that they were Jewish, but the point is that that has not been proved yet.

We need to wait till the site can be excavated, before more definite conclusions drawn from this amazing find.

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2 Responses to Discovery of skeletons near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem

  1. Marty says:

    The distributution of remains reminds me of photos of ‘Plague Pits’ from Medieval Europe. Possibly re-burials?

  2. Marty says:

    Who could ever know? My first thought was that they were for casting metal, if that’s the correct expression.

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