Remnants from the Jewish Temple?

An interesting story came to my attention via a Greek archaeology feed aggregator, which with a bit of help led me to a story from the Biblical Archaeology Society.

If the results of carbon dating indicated in the article are correct, then cedar beams used in the Al-Aqsa Mosque were there long before its construction. Could they have been part of the Jewish temples that occupied that spot in earlier centuries?

It’s an interesting story, and I hope that more details will be forthcoming!

  • Scott P.

    C14 dating is relatively imprecise, I would think dendrochronology would be the technique of choice to date the beams (though it comes with its own errors). In either case, it seems very unlikely that anything so large survived the destruction of the Temple, though they could have come from another building in Jerusalem.


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