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08/06/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jerusalem Quarry Discovered Linked To Building Of Second Temple

An ancient quarry has been uncovered by construction crews in Jerusalem that, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority, can be traced back 2,300 years and may have been used to build of the Second Temple during Herod's rule. According to Jerusalem Post:

"The immense size of the stones indicates it was highly likely that the large stones that were quarried at the site were destined for use in the construction of [legendary builder of ancient Jerusalem King] Herod's magnificent projects in Jerusalem, including the Temple walls," [Israel Antiquities Authority's Dr. Ofer] Sion said.

Bloomberg has more of Dr. Sion's statement, where he conveys the implications of the quarry find and what role it had in what is now one of Israel's most holy sites--the Western Wall.

"Today, with the exposure of this quarry, the intensity of the building projects as described in the historical sources can be proven: Flavius Josephus wrote that before Herod built the Temple he prepared infrastructure for it by quarrying the stones for eight whole years," Sion said. Josephus was a Jewish historian born in 37 A.D.

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