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Stone tower in Jerusalem built 1,000 years earlier than thought

New dates for a stone tower at Gihon Spring in Jerusalem show the tower was built between 900-800 A.D. instead of in 1700 B.C. as was previously thought.

A stone tower that guarded a precious water supply for the ancient city of Jerusalem isn’t quite as old as previously thought, according to new results from an extremely precise dating technique.

The tower at Gihon Spring, a water source downhill from ancient Jerusalem, wasn’t built in 1700 B.C., as archaeologists previously thought, but rather almost 1,000 years later, they found.

Researchers made the unexpected finding after excavations around the tower showed that its base was not built in bedrock.

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Story: Laura Geggel, LiveScience | Photo: Weizmann Institute of Science

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