PUBLISHED: 21:02, Tue, Sep 8, 2020 | UPDATED: 21:02, Tue, Sep 8, 2020
The discovery by Israeli archaeologists is, what they say, evidence of a "magnificent" palace from the era of a Biblical Jewish kingdom in Jerusalem. Elaborately carved stone structures and other relics aligned with such a building were found about 3km (2 miles) south of Jerusalem's Old City. Some of the artefacts had been neatly buried, archaeologists said.
They could not explain why.
The palace is thought to have been built around the 8th or 7th Century BC.
Remains were unearthed in what is now the East Talpiot neighbourhood, also known as Armon Hanatziv.
Israel archaeology: The discovery was from a 'magnificent' from a biblical era (Image: GETTY)
Archaeology: The remnants of the building would have once topped a giant structure (Image: GETTY)
Here, three stone capitals - carvings which adorn the top of columns - were discovered.
Ornate window frames were also uncovered.
In a statement, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) explained the significance of the finds.
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Ancient history: The carvings adorning the capitals appear as a motifs on the five shekel coin (Image: GETTY)
It said: "The column capitals, identified with royal construction of the First Temple period (10th-6th Century BC), are the most beautiful and impressive that have been uncovered to date."
The IAA expressed "great surprise" that two of the three capitals were found "neatly buried, one on top of the other".