Archaeologist: Ancient Wall Confirms Biblical Story

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A section of an ancient city wall has been revealed in archeological excavations in Jerusalem.

Some are saying the finds confirm the biblical account of the city dating to the time of King Solomon.

Dr. Eilat Mazar said pottery shards found at the site date the walls to the 10th century B.C. That is 3,000 years ago when the Bible says Jerusalem was ruled by King Solomon.

Some archaeologists say the biblical stories of Kings David and Solomon are just a myth. But others, like Mazar, say the Old Testament account found in 1 Kings is absolutely true.

"It's the first time that we have a city gate and fortification line from the time of King Solomon," Mazar said. "This is a 10th century, most beautifully preserved section of the city wall and all the findings that we have in hand indicates about the 10th century, that sits so well with the biblical version."

A part of the gate and fortification line is located just outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City. It lies next to what used to be the ancient Jewish Temple Mount.

Today, the area houses the Muslim's gold-capped Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

*Originally published February 23, 2010.

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