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Ancient structure dating 700 years before Christ, unearthed in Jerusalem

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An ancient structure dating back almost 3,000 years has been uncovered in Jerusalem.

Inside, archaeologists have found a huge collection of jars with seal impressions, thought to be the most important ever discovered in the region. (AP)

An ancient structure dating back almost 3,000 years has been uncovered in Jerusalem.

Inside, archaeologists have found a huge collection of jars with seal impressions, thought to be the most important ever discovered in the region.

The "secrets of this ancient" site are slowly being revealed to modern eyes.

Archaeologists have uncovered a huge structure dating back 2,700 years in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem.

And among the ruins, they have found a remarkable collection of jars with seal impressions in ancient Hebrew script.

The Israel Antiquities Authority says it is the largest and most important collection of its kind ever discovered in the region.

Neria Sapir, director of the excavations on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority says:

We found a collection of more than 120 seal impressions in ancient Hebrew script. Seals that mainly mention the king's name, seals that express possession by the king."
Below the wording of the king's name there's a symbol, one of two kinds, and beneath the symbol the names of four Judean cities: Hebron, Ziph and Socho, which we know from various areas in the Hebron mountain, and Mmst, which is still considered a riddle regarding its location."

Sapir says some seals mention people's names "possibly high ranking officials in the Judea kingdom and maybe the wealthiest of that period", he explains.

"The jars were used for collection and storage, apparently of wine and olive oil. These are the factors that drove the economy in Judea," he adds.

The jars provide a sneak peek into tax collection in the period of the Judean monarchs.

The structure where they were found was built in the days of Kings Hezekiah and Menashe, the 8th century to the middle of the 7th century BCE, and is just a stone's throw away from the US Embassy building.

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