Jerusalem’s 3,700 year old wall

A section of a 3,700-year-old wall uncovered in Jerusalem is a small part of a far larger structure. (Associated Press/SFGate)

A section of a 3,700-year-old wall uncovered in Jerusalem is a small part of a far larger structure. (Associated Press/SFGate)

Archaeologists digging in Jerusalem have uncovered a 3,700-year-old wall that is the oldest example of massive fortifications ever found in the city, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Wednesday.

The 26-foot-high wall is believed to have been part of a protected passage built by ancient Canaanites from a hilltop fortress to a nearby spring that was the city’s only water source and vulnerable to marauders.

— Thomas, Jen.  “Archaeologists find 3,700-year-old wall in Jerusalem.” Associated Press (via Jerusalem Post), 02 September 2009.

While the longevity of the structure is incredible enough, when I read of these discoveries I am always reminded of The Source, James A. Michener’s epic fictionalised retelling of Jewish history from 10,000 B.C. to the mid-1960s A.D.

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  1. Naat islam says:

    really interesting.