Archaeologists are on an Indiana Jones-esque mission
Archaeologists are searching one of the tallest hills in Jerusalem in the hope of finding the Ark of the Covenant, a gold-covered wooden chest which is said to contain the two stone tablets which have the Ten Commandments inscribed on them, as mentioned in the Book of Exodus.
The Bible touts the Kiriath-Jearim in western Jerusalem as a possible place for the Ark, as well as a temple to a Hebrew God known as Baal.
The researchers are hopeful they will find what they are looking for as in 1905, a local farmer stumbled upon a Byzantine place of worship on the hill, leading the archaeologists to believe that their search will yield results.
A stone carving of the Ark of the Covenant
A statement from College de France, who is working alongside the Tel Aviv University, read: “The excavation will also make it possible to determine if there existed in the Judean mountains… a temple dedicated to the god Baal.
“In addition, the search will provide a better understanding of the historical background of important Biblical passages, including those related to the Ark of the Covenant.”
The hill is found in Jerusalem
Tel Aviv University’s Israel Finkelstein, who is leading the expedition, told the Times of Israel: The place is important for several reasons.
He said: “It’s a large, central site in the Jerusalem hills that hasn’t been studied until now.
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“It may be the only key site in Judah that hasn’t undergone a systematic archaeological excavation.”
The work is set to be carried out in August and September this year.