2,000-year-old Drainage Tunnel Leading to Jerusalem Old City Yields New Artifacts

By on Aug 9, 2011 in Archaelogy, Asia, Science, World Comments


2,000-year-old Drainage Tunnel
Image Credit: AP/Dan Balilty

Archaeologist from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) discovered a 2,000-year-old drainage tunnel beneath Jerusalem Old City that yielded a sword, oil lamps, pot and coins abandoned, according to several international news sites, August 9, 2011.

Based on reports, the tunnel was built two millennia ago below of one of Roman-era Jerusalem’s main streets, which today lies under an Arab neighborhood in the city’s eastern section. It was intended to drain rainwater and is thought to have been used as a hiding place of the rebels during the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

Israel Antiquities Authority, based on reports, unveiled a sword found in the tunnel late last month, measuring 24 inches in length and leather sheath intact. Archaeologists mentioned that the sword likely belonged to a member of the Roman garrison around the time of the revolt.

“We found many things that we assume are linked to the rebels who hid out here, like oil lamps, cooking pots, objects that people used and took with them, perhaps, as a souvenir in the hope that they would be going back,” Eli Shukron, Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist said in a statement.

It was also reported that archaeologists found a bronze key from the same era and coins minted by rebels with the slogan “Freedom of Zion”.

A crude carved depiction of a menorah and a seven-branched Jewish candelabra was also found on the tunnel, according to reports.



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