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Get Me Re-Write … New Discovery about Jerusalem’s Western Wall

November 24, 2011

A long accepted belief held that Jerusalem’s Western Wall was part of the complex built by King Herod who died in 4 BC.  Newly discovered coins found underneath the wall are fundamentally changing the timeline of this sacred site.  They’re dated to 17 AD, years after Herod’s death meaning the wall could not have been built let alone completed in his lifetime — rather, it was started and completed years after his death. More complete details about this fascinating discovery here.

An ancient coin, one of 17 discovered in an underground part of the Western Wall. AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner.
Israel’s Antiquities Authority’s new find sheds light on Jerusalem’s Western Wall Israel’s Antiquities Authority archeologist Eli Shukron, below, stands in the Mikve area at the base of the Western Wall where an archaeological dig has uncovered ancient coins which may help date the Western Wall. AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner. By: Matti Friedman, Associated Press
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