Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel — The Middle East
The Burnt Room and the House of the Bullae
Destruction and Ruin
This residential quarter went up in flames with the rest of the city during the Babylonian during the Babylonian destruction of 586 BCE.
The floors of the houses were covered by a thick layer of ash. Beneath the heap of rubble in one room, Yigal Shiloh uncovered Babylonian and Israelite arrowheads and remnants of a charred piece of wooden furniture bearing a palmette design. The wood was imported from Syria, attesting to the high status of the residents of these houses.
At the lower end of the excavation site, archaeologists found remains of an archive known as the House of the Bullať. The fire consumed all the scrolls and documents, but hardened and preserved the bullae-pieces of clay bearing imprints with which parchment or papyrus documents were sealed. Some of the bullae bear names known to us from the Bible, such as Gemariahu son of Shaphan, who was a high-ranking official in the court of King Jehoiakim. (Jeremiah 36: 9-12)
Marker series. This marker is included in the City of David Tour marker series.
Location. 31° 46.427′ Touch for map. This historical marker is located just off of the roadway, inside the "City of David - Ancient Jerusalem" facility, which offers visitors a tour of both historic and archaeological sites that are part of the Ancient City of David. It is situated at Stop Three "C" of the City of David historic tour route, which is in front of the enormous Stepped Stone Structure.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The House of Ahiel (here, next to this marker); The Royal Quarter (Area G) (a few steps from this marker); The Large Stone Structure (a few steps from this marker); Beit Hatzofeh Lookout (within shouting distance of this marker); The Water System (within shouting distance of this marker); Double Gate Monumental Stairs and Observation Plaza (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); Ritual Baths and Water Conduits (about 210 meters away); Western Wall (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jerusalem.
Regarding The Burnt Room and the House of the Bullae. The "City of David - Ancient Jerusalem" handout/brochure has this to say about the Burnt Room stop on the historic tour:
"On the seventh
"The fire that consumed Jerusalem in 586 BCE did not spare the Royal Quarter. Among the ruins was the burnt room of a house that had collapsed in the fire, its floor was covered with a thick layer of ash. Under the piles of debris in the burnt room, the excavators found numerous arrowheads and the remains of a charred wooden piece of furniture carved with a stylized date-palm motif. The furniture, made of wood imported from Syria, is another sign of the elevated status of the inhabitants."
The "City of David - Ancient Jerusalem" handout/brochure has this to say about the House of the Bullae stop on the historic tour:
"Thus said the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel: Take these documents, this deed of purchase, the sealed text and the open one, and put them into an earthen jar; so that they may last a long time." (Jeremiah 32: 14)
"Remains of an archive known as the "House of the Bullae were unearthed at the lower section of the excavation site. The building that housed the archive was destroyed together
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. City of David. This is a link to information provided by the "City of David - Ancient Jerusalem" website. (Submitted on March 26, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. The House of the Bullae. This is a link to information provided by the Jerusalem Archaeological Park. (Submitted on March 27, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
3. Jebusite Wall (Millo) (2000-1000 BC). This is a link to information provided by a website entitled Jerusalem 101. (Submitted on March 27, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
4. The City of David. This is a link to information provided by a website entitled Jerusalem 101. (Submitted on March 27, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,839 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 27, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.