Excavations that were conducted at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, allowed archaeologists to discover an ancient limestone weight, which was used for trade around X – VI century BC On an important finding for science writes the Israel Antiquities Authority.
“The weight of limestone, which has been preserved since the First Temple, was found as a result of excavations conducted by specialists from the Office of Antiquities and the Wailing Wall Heritage Foundation. Markings that are present on the kettlebell (Egyptian symbol, similar to the Greek letter gamma, as well as two dashes), indicate its nominal value – two shekels,” – says the official report.
According to Tehilla Lieberman from the Department of Antiquities, one shekel is eleven and a half grams. Accordingly, the weight found weighs exactly twenty-three grams. “The accuracy with which the cargo was made indicates a fairly high level of technological development in ancient Jerusalem, as well as the serious importance that was given to trade,” Lieberman says.
Archaeologists believe that active trade was conducted at the foot of the Temple Mount thousands of years ago – this was facilitated by the constant flow of pilgrims. “Food, items for offerings, souvenirs, clothes, and so on – in the place where the ancient trade weight was found, it was possible to buy and sell anything,” – experts say.