Archaeology

2,000-year-old lantern from Hasmonean period found in Jerusalem

Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a candle-holder from the Hasmonean period in the City of David in Jerusalem. (Cleveland Jewish News)

The 2,000-year-old lantern, which has been preserved in its entirety, was discovered during excavations in the Old City of Jerusalem, led by the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Ir David Foundation. (Cleveland Jewish News)

Archaeologists were excavating the road that was used for pilgrimages in the days of the Second Temple about 2,000 years ago. The road is nearly 600 meters (2,000 feet) long and 8 meters (26 feet) wide. It connects the Siloam Pool in the south of the City of David and the foot of the Temple Mount. (Cleveland Jewish News)

The candle holder is made of clay and has plant decorations on its tip, probably a branch with leaves. It is typical of the first century BCE, at the end of the Hasmonean rule during the Second Temple period. (Israel Hayom)

Israel Antiquities Authority Director of Excavations Ari Levy said that “these candles were used for different purposes—from simple everyday uses, such as lighting rooms and streets, to religious ceremonial uses for Shabbat and Hanukkah. (JNS)

Source: https://www.jns.org/2000-year-old-lantern-from-hasmonean-period-found-in-jerusalem/

Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/12/13/jerusalem-archeologists-reveal-2000-year-old-candle/

Source: https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jns/2-000-year-old-lantern-from-hasmonean-period-found-in-jerusalem/article_a10b4215-a174-5bd0-a827-4b416050067c.html

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