I keep on introducing you with megaliths of the Temple mount in Jerusalem. This time I present you a number of photos from the area of archeological excavations of the Western wall (nowadays the Jerusalem archaeological park). There are no such great megalithic blocks, as in Tunnel of Kotel, here, however the blocks present at a base of the wall command respect to themselves all the same - their weight is from several tons up to 50 tons and more (according to my estimate, weight of some blocks can exceed 100 tons - though, I didn't have a tape line for measuring of their accurate sizes). Beddings (positions) of megalithic blocks are different - in the part of the Western wall, nearby with the Wailing Wall, they, most likely, have autochthonous (in-situ) position, represent a fragment of an ancient megalithic wall - a typical example of the "Incan" megalithic masonry - and practically differ nothing from megaliths of the Tunnel of the Temple mount. In the most remote from the Wailing Wall area of excavations, megaliths, apparently, are as in autochthonous, and allochthonous (displaced or shifted) position. The last were used as building blocks at the time of Solomon or, according to the opinion of majority of archeologists, Herod.
Abundance of small circular holes in many megalithic blocks are noticeable. The majority of archeologists consider them as more late holes used for transportation of blocks. However, holes "are bored" in rather small units too which could be moved without them. It is very much possibly, they were made during construction of blocks, and served for any not understandable now purposes, for example, for acoustics (see and read my materials on columbariums of Israel and Turkey)
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The true position of megalithic blocks of the Western wall, their sizes and overlapping a bedrock foundation by them are good visible on the presented central and right photos. On the left - the signboard near the entrance to the Museum
Megalithic blocks up to 50 and more tons in the basis of the Western wall in its most remote from the Wailing Wall part. It is quite good visible on the photos, presented here, that more younger sections of the wall consisting of small building blocks are often build on (raised) them from above and rather often from sideways
The bedding (occurence) of megalithic blocks and their overlapping by more younger sections of the wall are good visible on the left and the middle photos. On the right photo joints (junctions) between the megaliths are shown. They represent a typical "Incan" masonry" - without gaps, witout cementing materials
A bedding of limestone from which megalithic blocks were made (in my opinion, secondary, as the result of their weathering in atmospheric environment) is clearly visible on some of them. Other megaliths have saved initial production forms (most likely, they have been buried under a bed of deposits). In some events the gaps filled with cement, and even more small and late blocks are visible between them, in others - they were tight adjusted (fitted) to each other. All it makes impression (it is much more brightly at finding near the wall) that the bulk of megaliths in this part of the Western wall has allochthonous (secondary) position and they had been "sealed up" in general fabric of the wall during its construction at the time of Herod or even of Solomon. At the same time, presence of fragments of the lowest part of the wall consisting of blocks densely matched (fitted) to each other speaks that in the time of building some part of the ancient megalithic wall had not been destroyed and used in the capacity of bed (base, foundation)
On these photos, most likely, fragments of autochthonous (not displaced) part of the megalithic wall are presented. On the right photo the accretion of more late part of the wall at the time of Herod (Solomon?) to it is good visible
A number from three photos: on the left - the lowerest autochthonous part of the megalithic wall, in the middle allochthonous megalytic blocks having built (added) to it at the time of Herod, on top - a masonry of the time of Herod; in the middle - a lower allochthonous part of the megalytic wall in the lowerest place of archeological excavations; on the right - a bedding (occurrence) of megaliths on a bedrock foundation
On the left - an allochthonous (not displaced) part of the ancient megalithic wall consisting of blocks of limestone from several up to 50 tons densely matched to each other, opened by archeological excavations near to the Wailing Wall. In the middle and on the right - megalithic blocks near the wall which, according to the widespread opinion, had been overturned by Romans
Fragments of this part of the megalithic wall. Below (at the bottom)- attached (built-on) to it in more later time a stairway and a pavement
Joining between megalithic blocks close up - it is the typical "Incan" megalithic masonry
© A.V. Koltypin, 2010
I, A. Koltypin the author of these photos and text, and translator of the work give permission to use these for any purpose except prohibited by applicable law, on condition that my authorship and hyperlink to the site http://earthbeforeflood.com is given.
In my turn, I express my sincere gratitude to the Museum of the Western Wall (Tunnel of Kotel) in Jerusalem for given capability to make the photos, presented here