Ancient moat and enigmatic hand imprint uncovered in Jerusalem


March 10, 2023

Yoli Schwartz/Israel Antiquities Authority

This 10th-century handprint was found in the moat surrounding Jerusalem's Old City.

(JNS) - A mysterious hand imprint carved into a thousand-year-old rock-hewn moat that was part of the ancient fortifications of Jerusalem has been uncovered next to the Old City's northern wall, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Wednesday.

The discovery, which is part of a defensive moat that surrounds the city walls and is likely to date to the 10th century CE or earlier, was made along Sultan Suleiman Street ahead of planned city infrastructure work, the state-run archaeological body said.

The bustling eastern Jerusalem street is built directly over the huge moat measuring at lea...

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