Ancient Roman Bathhouse and Pool Used by Soldiers Discovered in Jerusalem

By on Nov 23, 2010 in Current Events, Middle East, Science, World Comments
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The Israel Antiquities Authority have announced on Monday, November 22, 2010 that an Ancient Roman bathhouse was uncovered by Israeli archaeologists in Jerusalem.

The bathhouse was believed to have been used by Roman soldiers who were responsible in destroying the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The Romans seized the temple to  quell off the Bar Kokhba uprising in 135 A.D. after the establishment of the pagan city of Aelia Capitolina. Also discovered in the area is the mark of Rome‘s Tenth Legion and a paw print of a dog believed to be owned by one of the soldiers.

The bathhouse has plastered bathtubs in the side of a pool with a pipe for filling it with water, and a white industrial mosaic pavement flooring. Its tiles are marked with symbols, LEG X FR, the Tenth LegionFrentensis.”

The pool flooring was filled with hundreds of terra cotta roof tiles.

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The discovery of the 1,800-year-old bathhouse shows how large the ancient city was.

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