Ancient coins found in Jerusalem (Photos)

By on Nov 24, 2011 in Archaelogy, Middle East, Science, World Comments
Ancient Coins Found In Jerusalem
Ancient Coins Found In Jerusalem
Ancient Coins Found In Jerusalem
Image Credit: Sebastian Scheiner/AP

Ancient coins were found underneath Jerusalem‘s Western Wall, international news sites reported on Wednesday, November 23, 2011.

According to reports, the discovery of the ancient coins could change the accepted belief that King Herod built the Western Wall. Archaeologists said that the coins buried under the wall’s foundations were minted 20 years after King Herod‘s death, which means that the structure was completed by his successors.

“Every tour guide … grounded in the history of Jerusalem” had replied ‘Herod’ when asked who built the wall,” the Israel Antiquities Authority reportedly said in a statement.

“This bit of archaeological information illustrates the fact that the construction of the Temple Mount walls and (the adjacent) Robinson’s Arch was an enormous project that lasted decades and was not completed during Herod’s lifetime,” the Authority added.

The newly found ancient coins are 17 identifiable bronze coins which were stamped by a Roman proconsul 20 years after Herod’s death.



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