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Aug 11, 2020

An ancient jug found in excavations of the Western Wall Tunnels

In excavations of the Western Wall Tunnels, we find many remnants that offer us a glimpse into the lives of local people in ancient times.  The utensil in this photograph was found whole in an archaeological excavation under the pavement of the Western Wall plaza, conducted in conjunction with the Israel Antiquities Authority Educational centers.  The excavation is focused now on the later layers from the 18th - 20th centuries CE - the Ottoman and British Mandate periods and during the Jordanian rule of the Old City.

This jag is of the "Grey-Black Gaza Ware" created along the southern coastal plain.  It was used for drinking or pouring water or milk.