Photo: Mt Zion Archaeological Expedition/Virginia Withers
Israeli scientists have discovered traces of the conquest of Jerusalem by Babylon in the years 587-586 BC. About it reported in a press release on Phys.org.
Researchers have unearthed layers of ash, Scythian arrowheads, shards of Iron age lamps as well as silver and gold jewelry. The combination of the artifacts and materials allows you to accurately associate the find with the conquest of Jerusalem, since alternative explanations can be rejected. For example, Scythian arrowheads used by the Babylonian soldiers, and characteristic of the VII-VI centuries BC. Ash layer, which contained valuable items, in turn, testifies to the looting and destruction of the city.
Archaeologists also found a rare jewelry, including a gold tassel or earring in the shape of a bell and the lower part in the form of bunches of grapes. They indicate the wealth of the people who lived in Jerusalem during the siege.
It is believed that the conquest of Jerusalem, the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II was brutal and resulted in the deaths of large numbers of people, burning and destruction of the city and the destruction of Solomon’s Temple.
Video, photo All from Russia.