ANCIENT ‘PREACHING STONE’ UNEARTHED IN JERUSALEM

Archaeologists here Monday unveiled a well-preserved, 2,000-year-old pyramid-shaped staircase believed to have been a podium used to communicate with pilgrims ascending the main road to the Second Jewish Temple. “What we believe is probably someone would stand on the podium and preach to the people as they went by,” archaeologist Joe Uziel, who directed the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, told WND. The structure, made of ashlar stone, is located on an excavated Second Temple road in the City of David, an archaeological site in Jerusalem adjacent to the Temple Mount. “We don’t know of any other archaeological podiums in Jerusalem,” stated Uziel, explaining the uniqueness of the find. He said he believes the podium was constructed by the same Jerusalem administration designers of the Second Temple road, which was unearthed at the City of David park about a decade ago.

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