Underneath Jerusalem's Western Wall plaza about 65 feet from Temple Mount archaeologists found several structures dating back to the time of King Herod's rule, which an expert called "one of the most significant remains” in the area.
“It’s one of the [most] impressive, beautiful and grand places found recently in Jerusalem,” Yuval Baruch, an archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority, told Channel 10 last week about the discovery, according to the Times of Israel.
The dig in the Mughrabi Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, which has been going on for more than half of a decade, showed the "remains of lavish public buildings," as the Times described it. Layer by layer, history revealed itself to archaeologists.
“When we started excavating [the khan, or caravansary, in 2008], the fill was almost up to the ceiling,” Herve Barbe, an archaeologist with Israel Antiquities Authority, told The Times of Israel about the dig in a separate post. “There was about a meter; we had to huddle in.”
The Times of Israel detailed that one of the layers closer to the top was revealed to be a 600-year-old inn and public bathhouse, which opened to the public for viewing. Some of the Herodian-era structures require more excavation and it is unclear if they will become available to the public.
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