Its archaeological services Israel announced today that they discovered one “mysterious” handprint on the stone, where dating back over 1,000 yearsin the outer part of its Old Town Jerusalem.
The discovery came to light in East Jerusalem, the part of the Holy City that has been occupied and annexed by Israel, on excavations which revealed the remains of fortifications and a defensive moat dating back to before the Crusaders took Jerusalem in 1099, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said in a statement.
Excavated into the rock, this moat, which is 10 meters long and can be up to seven meters deep in places, surrounded the city between two seven-meter-high walls, the IAA said.
As APE-MPE reports, according to the historians of the time, it would have taken the French knights five weeks to break the city’s defenses, the statement added.
As regards to imprint of handdiscovered near Herod’s Gate, in the northern part of the current walls of the Old City (built in the 16th century during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent) “to this day, archaeologists have not been able to penetrate the mystery of its significance” he says the IAA.
“Is it a symbol of something? The clue to the existence of a special item nearby? Or is this just a local joke? Maybe we’ll find out in time».
Source: News Beast
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