Markings Puzzle Israel Archaeologists

Three 'V' shapes carved in newly unearthed room in Jerusalem
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2011 5:03 PM CST
Markings Puzzle Israel Archaeologists
Israeli archeologist Eli Shukron sweeps marks carved in the bedrock in an archeological excavation.   (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

(Newser) – Peculiar, unexplained stone carvings created thousands of years ago and recently unearthed in Jerusalem are baffling archaeologists, reports AP. Israeli excavators discovered them in the floor of a newly discovered room under the oldest section of the city. The three mysterious "V" shapes are about 2 inches deep and 20 inches long.

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"The markings are very strange, and very intriguing. I've never seen anything like them," says one of the dig's directors. The symbols were made at least 2,800 years ago. A few ideas being pondered by the dig's archaelogists: They were part of some ritual or maybe just supported a long-gone wooden structure. (Read more Jerusalem stories.)

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