Israeli archaeologists have uncovered an ancient quarry where they believe King Herod extracted stones for the construction of the Jewish Temple 2,000 years ago.
Archaeologists say the size of the stones indicate they could have been used in the construction of the Temple compound, including the Western Wall, a retaining wall that remains intact today.
The excavation also uncovered pottery, coins, and tools dating to the first century B.C.
"Finding a large quarry related to the largest building project ever undertaken in Jerusalem ... that's more than just another discovery," said archaeologist Aren Maeir of Bar-Ilan University.
Herod was the Roman appointed king of the Holy Land from 37 B.C. to 4 B.C. and was known for his many major building projects, including the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple. It was destroyed in A.D. 70 by the Romans.