Second Temple Era Chisel Uncovered Near Har Habayis


chisel-second-bais-hamikdoshThe Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) has made an extraordinary archaeological finding: it has uncovered a Second Bais Hamikdosh Era iron chisel, which may have served the builders of the Second Bais Hamikdosh.

Archaeologist Eli Shukrun, who heads the dig at the bottom of the Har Habayis near the Kosel, stated that the discovery was very exciting. “It is a 15 SM long ancient chisel. For the first time, after two thousand years, we are in the possession of a work tool used by the builders who built the Kotel, the Western Wall.”

The IAA stated the chisel had been uncovered a year ago, but was still waiting for the final research on the subject to be completed before making an official announcement.
The Second Bais Hamikdosh was built by Jews returning from the Babylonian exile and renovated and expanded by King Herod. It stood between 516 BCE and 70 CE. The First Bais Hamikdosh which was destroyed in 586 BCE, when the Jews of the Kingdom of Yehudah went to exile.

{Aryeh Savir- Tazpit News Agency/ Israel News Bureau}


  1. The universal kosher Jewish date for the Khurban is 68 CE. Khurdos completed the peripheral walls at least 60 years earlier. What a facetious assumption that it was laying around that long. These tomb-robbers have no credibility.

  2. #2:

    Metal tools could not even touch the Mizbeach at all; they could be used for other structures but not on the Har Habais itself.