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Archaeologists excavating near the Armon Hanatziv Prominade, south of Jerusalem’s Old City, have discovered three decorated capitals in the remains of a palatial structure.  The capitals (column heads) exhibit a design that is known from the Kingdom of Judah.  The archaeologists were excited to find the first capital, and then surprised when they found a second one directly underneath it.  It appears that they had been intentionally buried.  A third, smaller capital, which likely decorated a window was found nearby.  The residence was dated to the seventh century BC based on the pottery found.  It was likely built after the siege of the Assyrians and before the destruction of the Babylonians.  Archaeologists believe it is evidence that the ruling class in Jerusalem felt confident enough to build villas and royal estates outside of the city walls.


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