This new discovery does not provide any archaeological evidence of Jonah’s tomb. However, it, along with other evidence unearthed atop the hill, show Giv’at Yonah was occupied during the time of Jonah, the late seventh and early eighth centuries B.C., according to Sa’ar Ganor, an archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The excavation also uncovered pottery shards, which could be easily dated. These allowed researchers to reasonably estimate an age for the walls, which measure more than 3.3 feet (1 meter) wide and were built using rocks from the beach below, Ganor told LiveScience.
Story: Wynne Parry, LiveScience | Photo: Sa’ar Ganor, Israel Antiquities Authority