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Ancient inscription of first full spelling of 'Jerusalem' thrills archaeologists

 The Hebrew spelling of the city - pronounced Yerushalayim - is the same today.

Danit Levy, Israeli Antiquities Authority Excavation Manager, stands by the stone column drum with a 2,000-year-old stone inscription

The name of the city in that form appears only rarely from the period of the second Jewish temple (first century AD) and usually in religious and political contexts, said David Mevorach of the Israel Museum, where the stone is now being exhibited.   MORE