Israeli archaeologists say they have discovered a stone with Latin engravings that could help answer questions surrounding a Jewish revolt nearly 2,000 years ago.

Israel's Antiquities Authority announced the discovery Tuesday of a large stone bearing the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian as well as the year of his visit to Jerusalem, just years before the revolt.

The authority says the inscription, along with previous finds, may help flesh out the reason for the Bar Kochba revolt, a failed Jewish rebellion against the Romans in the second century which resulted in their exile.

The cause of the revolt is disputed. It is unclear whether the Jews were provoked by harsh Roman measures or whether they rose up independently.

The stone was found outside Jerusalem's Old City.