As part of the work to widen Road 437, which is located between the community of Adam and the village of Hizma, the Civil Administration's Archaeology Staff Officer Unit discovered remains of ancient quarrying and even a center for the manufacture of stone tools that were used during the Second Temple period.
As part of the work to widen Route 437, remains of ancient quarrying and a center for the manufacture of stone tools used during the Second Temple period were discovered, photo: COGAT Spokesperson's Office
Due to the fact that during the Second Temple period it was customary to use tools made of stone, stone tools were discovered and are discovered at almost every site in different forms - cups, bowls, trays and other carefully designed and styled tools.
In an excavation conducted by officials from the Civil Administration's Archaeology Staff Officer's Unit, remains were uncovered not only of tools, but of an entire production center, which include several quarries adjacent to each other.
About 30 years ago, another stone tool manufacturing center was uncovered by an archaeology staff officer's unit, also located near the village of Hizma. What the two centers have in common is that both indicate that this area probably served as a center for mining, manufacturing and distributing stone tools to Jerusalem and its environs.
Due to the fact that during the Second Temple period it was customary to use tools made of stone, Photo: COGAT Spokesperson's Office
Civil Administration Archaeology Staff Officer Benny Har-Even: "The Civil Administration will continue to work night and day to preserve the archaeological sites and finds in Judea and Samaria, which are part of the region's treasures and culture. It is a great privilege to carry out the excavations and discover an ancient and rich world beneath the soil of the region. We all get to know each other and get a glimpse into a life full of culture and prestige that the region has known throughout the generations thanks to these extraordinary discoveries."
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