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Muslim Authority Tried to Hide Biblical History of Jerusalem by Moving Tons of Earth from the Temple Mount. Looks Like a Boy Ruined That Plan When He Found a 3,000-Year-Old King David-Era Artifact.

The Islamic organization that manages Muslim sites on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount once notoriously moved hundreds of truckloads of earth bulldozed from the Temple Mount, a step that was viewed by some Israelis as an effort to erase the Jewish history from the site.


Now, a 10-year-old boy has made a remarkable discovery in the dirt discarded from the site holiest in Judaism and third holiest to Muslims.

The Temple Mount Sifting Project, which for more than a decade has been sifting through the tons of topsoil discarded by the Jerusalem Waqf Islamic trust, announced that the young Russian tourist, Matvei Tcepliaev, found a 3,000-year-old seal dating to the eras of Kings David and Solomon.

What the seal looked like when it was discovered. (Photo: Temple Mount Sifting Project)

Archaeologists believe the 10th century B.C. artifact is the first seal of its kind found in Jerusalem.

The Temple Mount Sifting Project announced that the seal’s age would place it in “the historical period of the Jebusites and the conquest of Jerusalem by King David, as well as the construction of the [First] Temple and the royal official compound by his son, King Solomon.”

The discovery not only offers further evidence of the Jewish connection to Jerusalem but also of the biblical narrative about the reigns of David and Solomon, as described in the two Books of Samuel and 1 Kings.


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