Hasmonean Period Village Uncovered in Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem, Israel. 27th March, 2019. A 2000 year old Hasmonean period, 2nd temple era, Jewish village of agricultural nature, has been uncovered in excavations conducted in the Sharafat neighborhood of Jerusalem. Excavations have yielded remains of a large wine press containing fragments of many storage jars, a large columbarium cave (rock cut dovecote), an olive press, a large ritual bath (mikveh), a water cistern, rock quarries and installations. The most significant find is an extravagant burial estate, which included a corridor leading to a large courtyard chiseled into the bedrock. The burial cave, which included several chambers, each with oblong burial niches chiseled into the walls, has been sealed in accordance with Orthodox Jewish requirements.