The Burnt Room and the House of the Bullae

The Burnt Room and the House of the Bullae (HM17FI)

Location: Jerusalem
Country: Israel
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N 31° 46.427', E 35° 14.168'

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Destruction and Ruin

"He burned the House of the Lord, the king's palace, and all the houses of Jerusalem; he burned down the house of every notable person." (II Kings 25: 9)

This residential quarter went up in flames with the rest of the city during the Babylonian during the Babylonian destruction of 586 BCE.

The floors of the houses were covered by a thick layer of ash. Beneath the heap of rubble in one room, Yigal Shiloh uncovered Babylonian and Israelite arrowheads and remnants of a charred piece of wooden furniture bearing a palmette design. The wood was imported from Syria, attesting to the high status of the residents of these houses.

At the lower end of the excavation site, archaeologists found remains of an archive known as the House of the Bullaé. The fire consumed all the scrolls and documents, but hardened and preserved the bullae-pieces of clay bearing imprints with which parchment or papyrus documents were sealed. Some of the bullae bear names known to us from the Bible, such as Gemariahu son of Shaphan, who was a high-ranking official in the court of King Jehoiakim. (Jeremiah 36: 9-12)
HM NumberHM17FI
Additional InformationThis marker is at Stop Three "C" on the City of David Tour series.
Series This marker is part of the City of David Tour series
Historical PeriodOther
Historical PlaceOther
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleMounted
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 12:50am PDT -07:00
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Directions InformationThis marker is just east of Ma'ale HaShalom on Ma'alot Ir David Street.
Location DescriptionThis marker is inside the "City of David - Ancient Jerusalem".
UTM (WGS84 Datum)36R E 711755 N 3517538
Decimal Degrees31.77378333, 35.23613333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 46.427', E 35° 14.168'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 46' 25.6200" N, 35° 14' 10.0800" E
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near , Jerusalem , IL
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