Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah

Earliest evidence of human activity at the site, a stone quarry was found at the bottom of the excavation. The chisel marks and separation trenches that the stonecutters used to quarry the blocks are still visible. The lines of quarries that zigzag across the western hill provided the hard meleke limestone blocks from which Jerusalem was built, until the site was enclosed inside the city in the eighth century B.C.E.