In August 2008, a salvage excavation was conducted at 12 Sanhedrin Street in Jerusalem (Permit No. A-5494; map ref. 220834–5/633832–3). The excavation, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, was directed by G. Solimany, with the assistance of Y. Ohayon (administration), T. Sagiv (photography) and M. Kipnis (surveying).
An excavation area (6 × 9 m) was opened, and a shallow quarry was exposed in which the negatives of two stones were revealed (1.7 × 5.0 m; preserved height 0.5 m; Fig. 1). The quarry was covered with rock-cutting debris. No pottery sherds were found.
The quarry was located in an area of ancient quarries and rock-cut tombs that date from the Roman and Byzantine periods and near a group of hewn graves known as the Tombs of the Sanhedrin. Similar quarries were previously excavated nearby (Bar-Nathan 2008; Finkielsztejn 2009).
Bar-Nathan R. 2008. Jerusalem, Sanhedriyya. HA-ESI 120
Finkielsztejn G. 2009. Jerualem, Nisan Beck Street. HA-ESI 121.