In a rarely visited corner of the Jerusalem Temple Mount there are a series of beams that hardly attract the visitor's attention. Despite its appearance, these beams are unique and important due to their place of origin and their age almost 3,000 years old.
Although they have not been the subject of a complete academic study, there is now a recent interest in them as they offer a great amount of historical information for Jerusalem. The same type of beams can be found in one of the rooms of the Rockefeller Museum, which shows that they must be removed from the process of disintegration in which they are found.
The first sample of Al-Aqsa It was built in the late 600s on the Temple Mount and known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Many of the beams from this site were removed in the late 1930s as a result of earthquakes, some of which were taken to the Rockefeller Museum, but others were removed as a result of the renovation of the dome in the 1960s.
Nili Liphschitz of Tel Aviv University published a scientific paper in 1984. Liphschitz found that most of the beams he examined were Turkish oak. By analyzing the tree rings and carbon dating, he found that part of the wood belongs to the early Muslim period.
One of the cedars corresponded to the same age as Al-Aqsa and others were even older, corresponding to the Byzantine and Roman times, when the construction of the Second Temple of Jerusalem. One of the beams was even older, belonging to a tree that had been cut down around the year 880 BC. to the early First Temple period.
His article attracted little attention at the time, but a lecture he held the same year captured the attention of two Ofra residents, Zeev Erlich and Yehuda Etzion.
After the renovation of the 1960s some of the beams were sold for scrap to an Armenian merchant by chance that the settlers of Ofra had established a business with the dealer for the purchase of second-hand litters.
Etzion was arrested as part of a Jewish underground movement that had committed several murders and was plotting to blow up Islamic shrines. Erlich moved the rafters to a warehouse where they have been shown to a reporter this week. The samples have been transferred to the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot for study.
These beams were surely used in buildings so old that through its history the one that is also from Jerusalem is shown.
It is difficult for the wood to survive over the years, only charred wood fragments have been found in other excavations, but this case is differentThe wood has been cared for indoors, which provides the opportunity to be studied throughout its structure.
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