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Roman - Period Tunnel Found in Jerusalem

Discussion in 'News and Articles' started by Dusty, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. Roman - Period Tunnel Found in Jerusalem

    Roman-Period Tunnel Found in Jerusalem
    Archaeologists excavating in the City of David in Jerusalem have found a tunnel that dates to the time of the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in the year AD 70. According to site archaeologist Professor Ronny Reich of the University of Haifa, the tunnel was part of the city’s drainage system and was used by the Jews of the time to hide from and evade the Romans.

    Intact pottery vessels, coins, and other artifacts attest to the fact that people were living in the tunnel system for some time, a fact that was recorded in “The War of the Jews†by historian Josephus Flavius. The tunnel was also broken and penetrated at several points along its length where Roman soldiers broke through in order to capture the Jews living under the streets.

    About 100 meters (328 feet) of the tunnel have been excavated so far in the southern portion of the City of David near to the Pool of Siloam. The drainage tunnel ran underneath one of the main roads from the period that ran from the pool up the hill and along the length of the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, a distance of about one kilometer (0.6 mile).

    (By Will King, BFP Israel Mosaic Radio, September 10, 2007)
  2. Very interesting. I guess It will be in BAR magazine soon. I'll look for it. They usually have a lot of details in their articles.


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