Saturday, 17 August 2019

Discovery attests to Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem

Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of the bloody Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem in the sixth century B.C. The Babylonians, under King Nebuchadnezzar, besieged Jerusalem and then conquered the city, razing it and burning it to the ground.

Experts digging in an excavation site at Jerusalem’s Mount Zion found layers of ash and arrowheads, as well as lamps, a gold and silver tassel or earring and pieces of ceramics from the Iron Age.
The arrowheads are known as 'Scythian arrowheads' and have been found at other battle sites from the 7th and 6th centuries BCE. They were fairly common.

The Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem took place in 587 and 586 B.C. The nature of the artifacts and the layer of ash point to a bloody chapter in the city’s long history.