Ancient Stone Staircase Found in City of David

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -
Visitors walking in the City of David in the eastern Yerushalayim neighborhood of Shiloah, Monday. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Visitors walking in the City of David in the eastern Yerushalayim neighborhood of Shiloah, Monday. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
A view of the stair structure ascending from Siloam Pool in Yerushalayim on Monday. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
A view of the stair structure ascending from Siloam Pool in Yerushalayim on Monday. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Archaeologists have found an ancient stone staircase in the City of David in the Old City of Yerushalayim.

The structure is situated alongside a stepped street at Har Habayis that carried olei regel on their way from the Shiloah (Siloam) Pool to the Temple.

According to a statement by archaeologists Nachshon Szanton and Dr. Joe Uziel, “The structure exposed is unique. To date such a structure has yet to be found along the stepped street in the numerous excavations that have taken place in Yerushalayim and to the best of our knowledge outside of it. For this reason, its exact use remains enigmatic.”

However, they suggested that it served as a kind of major podium that attracted the public’s attention as people walked on the city’s main street.

The excavation will be open to the public Thursday, Sept. 3, at the City of David Studies of Ancient Yerushalayim’s 16th Annual Conference.