The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Unearthed stonework reveals renewed prosperity in ancient Jerusalem
An Israeli five shekels coin is held in front of a column capital displaying the same decorative carvings, as part of a collection of several dozen adorned architectural stone artifacts estimated to date from around 701 BC, are unveiled during a press presentation in Jerusalem on September 3, 2020. The stone artifacts, made of soft limestone with decorative carvings in the architectural style known as 'Proto-Aeolian', are thought to be part of an expensive structure built on a hillside overlooking Jerusalem's old city in the period between the days of King Hezekiah and King Josiah. The importance of the decorative carvings from this period led the Bank of Israel to choose it as the image that adorns the Israeli five shekel coin. Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP.

JERUSALEM (AFP).- Israeli archaeologists unveiled Thursday unique 2,700-year-old stone carvings indicating a rebound in prosperity in the Kingdom of Judah following the near destruction of ancient Jerusalem.

The two limestone blocks, roughly 50 centimetres (20 inches) wide, have almost perfectly preserved proto-Aeolic carvings reminiscent of spiralling ram horns.

The items known as capitals are believed to have topped pillars in the courtyard of a building that was completely destroyed.

The Aeolic was an early form of classical architecture developed from Phoenician styles, according to the Ancient History Encyclopedia.

The find was made in November by Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologist Yaakov Billig in preliminary works for construction of a visitor centre on the Armon Hanatziv promenade, which lies a few kilometres (miles) south of Jerusalem's Old City.

Two blocks were uncovered, one on top of the other. A third was found a few weeks later.

Larger proto-Aeolic capitals used on pillars in doorways have been found in areas that were part of the Kingdom of Judah.

The kingdom was centred on Jerusalem and lasted from around 940 to 586 BC, before being destroyed by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar.

The design is typical of the First Temple era and is a symbol representing the kingdoms of Judah and Israel.

Its image is imprinted on Israel's contemporary five-shekel coin.

The "medium-sized" models from Armon Hanatziv are the first of their size to be found, Billig told AFP.

Smaller capitals that were part of window sills were also found at the site of what Billig said was presumably a "royalist estate", or at the very least the palace of an extremely wealthy person.

The palace was probably built between the reigns of King Hezekiah and King Josiah, in the period when Jerusalem was recuperating after the Assyrian siege in 701 BC, said Billig.

The IAA recently uncovered other finds from the same era in the area, such as another palace and an administrative centre, all a short distance from ancient Jerusalem and testifying to significant regal and administrative activity.

"It shows that at that certain time period, someone decided that it was possible and safe to make a wonderful palace, an estate, on the mountain region outside of the city," Billig said.

The three capitals, defined by IAA Jerusalem district archaeologist Yuval Baruch as "extraordinarily important", raise a new crop of questions, such as why they were preserved while nearly all other remains from the palace were plundered.

"Was it a matter of sanctity? I don't know," Billig said.

© Agence France-Presse

Today's News

September 6, 2020

Unearthed stonework reveals renewed prosperity in ancient Jerusalem

Christie's announces an online collection sale of Old Master pictures

Galerie Templon presents over twenty works by Edward and Nancy Kienholz

ICE recovers 19th century painting stolen from Italian monastery

Laz Emporium: The post-Covid lifestyle brand from Steve Lazarides

500-year-old sturgeon found in Danish royal shipwreck

Works by renowned photographer Aaron Siskind donated to The University of Texas

The Whitney reopens with 3 powerhouse shows

Von Bartha celebrates 50th anniversary with group exhibition

Siah Armajani, sculptor of communal spaces, dies at 81

Carnegie Museum of Art's "Trevor Paglen: Opposing Geometries" opens

Bridget Riley opens an exhibition across all three of Max Hetzler's locations in Berlin

Kamel Mennour opens Brutal Family Roots, a new exhibition by Mohamed Bourouissa

Auction features outstanding items from the estate of tycoon T. Boone Pickens

Hermès Crocodile Birkin could snag $60K+ at Heritage Auctions

Rare photos illuminate the unconventional relationship between two of Mexico's most famous artists

First Super Mario Bros. 3 video game prototype headed to Heritage Auctions

Galerie Nathalie Obadia opens an exhibition of works by French artist Benoît Maire

Aargauer Kunsthaus presents a sound installation by Martina Mächler

Artists give voices to plants in new exhibition at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein

Baronian Xippas opens its sixth exhibition of works by Lionel Estève

Norwegian-Sámi artist Joar Nango opens the Festival Exhibition 2020 at Bergen Kunsthall

Almine Rech presents a new series of vivid geometric paintings by Farah Atassi

Artangel presents a new installation by Elizabeth Price

What! You want an instant cash loan, please contact Robocash

Why people choose online slot games? Unique tips to increase your winning probability!!

How the person can buy vaping items? From Online or offline stores!

Online casino games- The best way to refresh the mind

Tips to make online learning fun for your kid

US Trade Rep Announces 25% China Tariff Exclusions Granted to Luxury Vinyl Tile Companies

6 Biggest Casino Losses

How to deal with cobwebs in your home?

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

sa gaming free credit

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful