Archaeologists have found evidence that the Babylonians were responsible for the burning of Jerusalem more than 2,600 years ago.
The researchers discovered charred wood, grape seeds, fish scales, bones and pottery along with numerous other artefacts which excavating the City of David.
The findings confirm the scene as described in the Bible, which states that the Babylonians 'burned all the houses of Jerusalem.'
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WHAT DID THEY FIND?
The researchers discovered a range of charred artefacts in the City of David.
This includes charred wood, grape seeds, fish scales, bones and pottery, as well as ozens of jars used to store grains and liquids – many of which have stamped handles and rosette seals.
One of the rarest findings was a small ivory statue of a naked woman with a haircut or wig in an Egyptian style.
The experts believe that this shows the skill of the artists living there.
Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority discovered the charred artefacts while excavating the City of David in Israel's Jerusalem Walls National Park.
The burning of Jerusalem by the Babylonians was first described in The Book of Jeremiah, which states: 'He burned the house of the Lord, and the king's house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, even every great man's house, burned he with fire.'
As well as the charred wood, pottery and food items, the researchers also discovered dozens of jars used to store grains and liquids – many of which have stamped handles and rosette seals.
Ortal Chalaf and Dr Joe Uziel, directs of the excavation, said: 'These seals are characteristic of the end of the First Temple Period and were used for the administrative system that developed towards the end of the Judean dynasty.
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