Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1184 – New Quarries Sited

Several reports of discoveries of ancient quarries are discussed on this program. One is an underground quarry just north of Jericho. The other is in Jerusalem, one of three quarries discovered in the last few years that have been linked to the building of the Second Temple under Herod. These Jerusalem quarries are linked to the temple in part by pottery and coins that are found that date to that era, but also because of the massive size of the stones that seemed to have been quarried there. No other site in Jerusalem needed stones that big.

I had a chance to visit one of the other of those three quarries during last year’s trip to Jerusalem. It was in an area called Ramat Shlomo, the Heights of Solomon. Hence, the photo.


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