Archaeologists excavating Mount Zion in Jerusalem have uncovered evidence of Babylonian conquest of the city, which could confirm the biblical account of its destruction, CNN reports.
Scientists at the University of North Carolina have found significant archaeological finds in the area; including deposits of ash, arrows, and broken parts of pots and lamps. Most surprising is the discovery of jewelry, ie earrings with a bell-shaped upper part.
The existence of elites
Shimon Gibson, director of the university archeological project Mount Zion, explained to CNN that the discovery of a rare piece of jewelry was the first proof of the existence of the “elite”, ie the richer population that lived in Jerusalem before the conquest of 587-586. years before Christ.
He added that the finding of jewelry, which is a “clear indicator of the wealth of the city’s residents at the time of the siege”, is a rarity in places of conflict because at that time warriors usually robbed it and allowed it to melt, reports Indeks.
The saddest day of the year
Historians believe that during the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem, led by Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II, the city was destroyed and a large part of the population perished. At that time, the temple of Solomon was probably destroyed, which is also mentioned in the Old Testament.
Orthodox Jews mark this event every year with Tisha B’Ava, that is, the day of fasting and mourning, which is considered the saddest day in the Jewish calendar and which also marks the destruction of the Second Temple.