They discover near Jerusalem a construction that belonged to the kings Hezekiah and Manasseh more than 2,000 years ago.
The discovery took place in the town of Arnona, where antiquities experts from Israel discovered a storage center from that time; it is made of large stones and is believed to have been used for government activities.
At the site, 120 handles of jars were discovered, most of them stamped in ancient Hebrew; the objects found are stamped with an identification of belonging to the king and others of different officials.
Researchers say it is the largest and most important stamp collection found in many years; they claim the site was occupied by tax collectors and food traders.
«The site dates back to a period documented in the Bible by upheavals such as the Assyrian conquest campaign under King Sennacherib in the days of King Hezekiah,» said Neria Sapir and Nathan Ben-Ari, directors of the excavations on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
«It may be that the economic arrangements of the government indicated by the seals are related to these events, however, the excavation revealed that the site remained active after the Assyrian conquest,» they continued.
«In addition, the variety of seals stamped indicated that the tax system remained uninterrupted during this period,» they concluded.
The construction found is one of Israel’s most recent discoveries, along with the place where Jesus fed the multitude.