Mysterious Message Carved on the Walls

The archaeologists have many questions still to be answered: “what is the relationship between the symbols and the inscriptions, and why, of all places, were they drawn in the ritual bath?” During the last hours of a “salvage excavation” two months ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority stumbled upon a 2,000-year-old ritual bath when a stone suddenly disappeared into a black hole, reports Haaretz.The encoded symbols of bath’s walls are palm trees, boat, and various plant carvings, which is possibly a menorah. That hole turned out to be the remains of the bath, accessible by a stone staircase, which includes an anteroom with benches and a winepress.

According to Royee Greenwald and Alexander Wiegmann, excavation directors on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority the find is “unique and most intriguing” for the fact that such a concentration of inscriptions and symbols from the Second Temple period at one archaeological site and that too in such a state of preservation are rare. In any case, the discovering is uncommon, only a few examples of Aramaic inscriptions or texts have been discovered-some consider it was the language that Jesus spoke.

“On the one hand the symbols can be interpreted as secular, and on the other as symbols of religious significance and deep spirituality”, said the excavators working on the site.

The image which looks like a menorah, however, is unusual, since the people generally refrained from portraying holy vessels from the Temple in art at the time.

The find was made when antiquity officials inspected the site slated for a nursery in the Arnona district.

Moshe (Kinley) Tur-Paz, head of the Education Administration at the Jerusalem Municipality said, “The large education system in Jerusalem is always in need of additional school buildings”. Was it one person or several people? Archaeological routines like this are common in Jerusalem, thanks to the city’s thousands of years of history spanning over many cultures and civilizations. “Who is responsible for painting them?”

“We will maintain contact with the IAA, and together we will examine how we can give educational and symbolic expression to the discovery that was found”.

The cave paintings are so delicate that exposing them to the air causes them damage. The Israel Antiquities Authority has additionally introduced that when an examination of the artifacts is accomplished, every thing discovered shall be placed on show for the general public to return see and admire.

The team from the IAA now removed the wall paintings inside the underground cave’s ritual bath area to store them in a safer environment inside conservation labs since they are sensitive to light exposure.

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