King Herod's Quarry Uncovered

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) revealed a 2,000-year-old quarry on Wednesday whose stones were used to build Jerusalem during Jesus' time.

King Herod, known as the great builder, used mammoth stones to construct public buildings and expand the Temple Mount.

IAA Jerusalem District archaeologist Amit Re'em told CBN News it is clear such stones were hewn in this quarry.

"The archaeologists think -- very carefully -- that it must be connected with the large-scale building of Jerusalem during the time of Herod and maybe, I'm saying only maybe, that those stones were taken to build the Temple Mount," Re'em said. "Actually, it's the same sizes. If you look at the Wailing (Western) Wall, those are the same sizes and even weight of these magnificent stones that we found here."

Wednesday marked Jerusalem Day -- the day Israelis celebrate the reunification of the city in 1967 under Jewish sovereignty. 

Referring to the discovery, Re'em said Jerusalem Day was the most appropriate day to show Jewish antiquities to the public. 

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