The remains of Umayyad palaces of impressive size from the early Muslim period were also found.

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A massive arch leading to the southern section of the Temple Mount used to rise over the street, and traces of it can still be seen on the Western Wall.

Stones from this arch also fell to the street and created a large pit.

“The place is important for several reasons,” Finkelstein told The Times of Israel.

“It’s a large, central site in the Jerusalem hills that hasn’t been studied until now.

Under the street, an impressive drainage channel was revealed, and a number of amazing artifacts from the very days of Jerusalem’s destruction were found.

This channel is where Jerusalem’s fighters fled in their attempt to escape from the Roman army.

One of the few remaining unstudied major biblical sites, where according to the Bible the Ark of the Covenant was kept for two decades, will be excavated by archaeologists this summer for the first time.

Organizers hope the anticipated study of Kiryat Ye’arim (also transliterated as Kiriath Jearim) will shed light on the site’s significance during the Iron Age, the period associated with the biblical account of King David.

Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up Kiryat Ye’arim is mentioned over a dozen times in the Bible as a Judahite town situated near Jerusalem during the period of the judges and King David — the Iron Age, in archaeological terms.