It never ceases to amaze me how the archaeological world continues to shed light on the Bible. The hard and often non-glamorous endless work of the archaeologists, when one sometimes leasts expects it, reveals some interesting things. While more details and perhaps pictures will be forthcoming, an ancient chisel was found at the foot of the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
In an article written by Iddo Ben-Porat and Ari Yasher, it is projected that the chisel was used by the actual builders of the Second Temple. Archaeologist Eli Shukrun, who managed the excavations and found the rare tool, told Arutz Sheva that the chisel is “a moving discovery.” He noted that the ancient chisel, which is made of metal, is 15 centimeters (six inches) long. “For the first time, after 2,000 years, we have a tool of the builders of the Kotel (Western Wall),” remarked Shukrun, who has dug in the City of David and the Temple Mount area for the Israeli Antiquities Authority for 19 years.
It is conjectured that the chisel was likely dropped by a builder working higher on the Western Wall according to Shukrun, who found the tool in a quarry refuse heap under the Western Wall.
While the find was made nine months ago, the Antiquities Authority has reportedly not publicized the find yet until final results are received.
Shukrun continued, “I have no doubt that this is connected to the time of the Kotel’s construction. We found it at the base of the Kotel, roughly six meters (20 feet) below the main street of Jerusalem at the time of the Second Temple,” remarked Shukrun. Coins were also found at the base of the wall.
Politically, the new find, would be a further blow to those who claim that the First and Second Temples are a Jewish fabrication.
Stay tuned for forthcoming pictures and more details about this ancient chisel.