A two-thousand-year-old ring with a solitaire gem stone was uncovered in archaeological excavations in the City of David National Park in Yerushalayim. The ring was found by Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists in what appears to be an ancient mikveh on the Pilgrimage Road which dates back to the time of the second Bais Hamikdash period.
The ancient paved road runs up from the Shiloach pool to the Har Habayis and is thought to have been the main thoroughfare taken by pilgrims to the Bais Hamikdash.
According to archaeologists Nachshon Zenton, Moran Hajabi, Ari Levy and Dr. Joe Uziel, “Just like today, it would appear that in the past, rings and jewelry were removed before bathing, and sometimes forgotten. This phenomenon, perhaps, is behind the discovery of the ring in what appears to be a ritual bath. This ring allows us to personally connect with an individual’s personal story from 2,000 years ago. The ring, along with other finds, can shed light and expose the lives of people during the second Bais Hamikdash period. “
Doron Spielman, Vice President of the City of David Foundation which oversees the City of David National Park where the ring was found, said, “It’s incredible to think that this beautiful ring sat at the bottom of a mikveh on the ancient Pilgrimage Road for two thousand years, until it was uncovered by archaeologists in the City of David. It is yet another piece in the puzzle that is ancient Jerusalem.”
The City of David is Israel’s largest active archeological site, situated upon the ancient city of Yerushalayim. The City of David is an Israeli National Heritage Site with over half-a-million visitors annually.