Archaeologists have uncovered rare remains of ritual objects and a 3,000-year-old temple while conducting excavations prior to the renovation of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Wednesday. A major expansion of the highway from Sha’ar-HaGay to Jerusalem has revealed many important archaeological finds at Tel Motza, including Neolithic ruins and an enormous underground water reservoir from the Crusaders at Motza Stream.

The new First Temple period discovery was a large structure with massive walls and an east-facing entrance, believed to be a temple.

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