(photo: Oren Gutfeld/IAA)

(photo: Oren Gutfeld/IAA)

By Daniel K. Eisenbud - September 15, 2016 

Originally appeared here in The Jerusalem Post

A routine archeological excavation of an Old City synagogue destroyed by Jordanian troops during the War of Independence turned into much more, after the burnt remains of rare relics from the Second Temple period in 70 AD were revealed several meters below ground level.

Among the artifacts unearthed in the 2013 excavation in the Jewish Quarter included a rare stone scaled weight inscribed with the name of a priestly family, covered in millennia-old ashes from the fire that Roman soldiers used to burn Jerusalem to the ground. Read More