Yarden Shur Arabic Engraved Tile

Find and Finder of the Month: Yarden Shor discovered a fragment of an 8th Century CE Arabic inscription engraved on a marble tile

The find chosen for this month was discovered by Yarden Shor, 7 years old, from Jerusalem, who took part in the sifting project towards the end of this summer. She revealed a piece of a marble tile, bearing letters of the Kufic script, which is the earliest form of Arabic, named after the city of Kufa in Iraq. On the basis of a preliminary examination made by Archaeologist Peretz Reuven - who is a member of our research lab team and an expert on the early Islamic period - it appears to be dated to the rule of the Umayyad Dynasty (661-750 CE). It was this dynasty which reconfigured the Temple Mount as an Islamic holy compound and erected its main structures - The Dome of the Rock (691 CE) and the Al-Aqsa Mosque (705 CE). For this reason, it seems appropriate to date the inscription to the end of the 7th Century or the beginning of the 8th Century CE.

Our Comments on the Unknown Underground Cistern that Was Discovered on the Temple Mount

Earlier this week an opening to an unknown underground cavity or passageway was discovered on the Temple Mount by one of the Islamic Waqf personnel. After studying a video and pictures of this discovery published on social media networks, it…

Update: Waqf Uses Ramadan to Violate Antiquities Law

As we explained in our last post, during the final week of Ramadan, the Muslim Waqf made use of the closure of the Temple Mount to all non-Muslims, and limited police presence, to move the remaining mounds of soil that were originally excavated,…

More Archaeological Destruction on the Temple Mount

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Regarding the Reports about Ancient Wooden Beams being Burnt in the Temple Mount

Earlier this week there were some reports in the media about Arabs burning “First Temple Cedars of Lebanon.” These reports were based more on assumptions than facts. The facts are that the stack of wooden beams that was lying on the ground…