Ancient Stone Uncovered Bearing Inscription of Full Name of Jerusalem

Archeologists uncovered an ancient stone bearing the earliest known Hebrew inscription of the word “Jerusalem,” in the same spelling that is used today. The stone is housed in the world- renowned Israel Museum, not far from where it was initially excavated at a Hasmonean Period Jewish artisans’ village near the modern-day entrance to Jerusalem. Archeologists said First and Second Temple period inscriptions mentioning Jerusalem are rare and this particular inscription all the more so, as it contains the full spelling of Jerusalem as we know it today. The only other artifact from that time period featuring the word “Jerusalem” in its entirety is a coin minted during the Great Revolt against the Romans (66–70 CE).