The new find supports the biblical rendering of the existence of a governor of Jerusalem 2,700 years ago, says archeologist.
"These finds constitute evidence of one of the major battles that was fought in Palestine between the British forces and the Turkish forces," says IAA.
The discovery, hailed by the Antiquities Ministry as one of the most important ever, was made near the ruins of Ramses II’s temple in the ancient city of Heliopolis.
"It’s rare to find a wall engraving of a menorah, which substantiates the scientific research regarding the Jewish nature of the settlement during the Second Temple period," says archeologist.
The coin from the 8th century AD, is inscribed with Arabic and mentions the name of the Prophet Muhammad and speaks of monotheism.
These were the lucky ones, the survivors. They were free and realizing the unimaginable: going to Eretz Yisrael.
"This is a discovery of historic magnitude because this battle was the last battle fought by a Jewish army in Israel until modern times."
Traditionally, images depicting animals or people were not common within Second Temple Period religious custom.
"The kiln was meticulously constructed, and consisted of two chambers," says IAA.
Sculptor Akram Anastas counts Judaica, Christian and Muslim art among his stone treasures.