Indiana Hoenlein and the Lost Purple Snail (Hexaplex trunculus) of Temple Mount. Malcolm Hoenlein, @Conf_of_pres.

Feb 17, 2017, 06:49 AM

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Indiana Hoenlein and the Lost Purple Snail (Hexaplex trunculus) of Temple Mount. Malcolm Hoenlein, @Confofpres.

An ancient sea snail shell discovered on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem has created tremendous interest among researchers, who believe the find ties in with the particular shade of vibrant blue dye ("tchelet" in Hebrew) used in ancient times to color the fringes of religious garments.

The shell of the branded dye-murex (Hexaplex trunculus) snail was recently discovered as part of the Temple Mount Sifting Project underway in the Emek Tzurim National Park. The project is funded by the Ir David Foundation and directed by archaeologists from Bar-Ilan University.

Archaeologist Zachi Dvira noted that finding the shell of an ancient sea snail far inland on the Temple Mount raises questions, as such snails are generally excavated in coastal archaeological digs.

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