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Jerusalem - Ancient Water Tunnel Excavated in Jerusalem

Published on: January 25, 2011 11:40 AM
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The Israel Antiquities Authority has completed on January 25 2011 an archaeological dig of a tunnel that will enable visitors to cross under the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, not far from the Temple Mount. The tunnel, which was uncovered during excavations conducted over the past few months, was formerly used for drainage and dates back to the Second Temple. It links the City of David in Silwan with the Archaeological Park & Davidson Center, which is located near the Western Wall. Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash90.  The Israel Antiquities Authority has completed on January 25 2011 an archaeological dig of a tunnel that will enable visitors to cross under the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, not far from the Temple Mount. The tunnel, which was uncovered during excavations conducted over the past few months, was formerly used for drainage and dates back to the Second Temple. It links the City of David in Silwan with the Archaeological Park & Davidson Center, which is located near the Western Wall. Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash90. 

Jerusalem - Archaeologists say they have finished clearing a 2,000-year-old tunnel running under the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.

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The Israel Antiquities Authority believes the tunnel served to drain rainwater near the Second Temple, the center of Jewish faith destroyed in A.D. 70.

It runs near — but not underneath — the sacred and politically explosive enclosure known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, home to the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Archaeology and politics in Jerusalem are hopelessly entangled, and there was criticism of the new excavation Tuesday.

The tunnel runs from inside the Old City to the nearby Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, where a settler group both funds archaeological digs and moves in Jewish families, angering Palestinians.

The Israel Antiquities Authority has completed on January 25 2011 an archaeological dig of a tunnel that will enable visitors to cross under the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, not far from the Temple Mount. The tunnel, which was uncovered during excavations conducted over the past few months, was formerly used for drainage and dates back to the Second Temple. It links the City of David in Silwan with the Archaeological Park & Davidson Center, which is located near the Western Wall. Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash90.  The Israel Antiquities Authority has completed on January 25 2011 an archaeological dig of a tunnel that will enable visitors to cross under the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, not far from the Temple Mount. The tunnel, which was uncovered during excavations conducted over the past few months, was formerly used for drainage and dates back to the Second Temple. It links the City of David in Silwan with the Archaeological Park & Davidson Center, which is located near the Western Wall. Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash90. 


The Israel Antiquities Authority has completed on January 25 2011 an archaeological dig of a tunnel that will enable visitors to cross under the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, not far from the Temple Mount. The tunnel, which was uncovered during excavations conducted over the past few months, was formerly used for drainage and dates back to the Second Temple. It links the City of David in Silwan with the Archaeological Park & Davidson Center, which is located near the Western Wall. Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash90.  The Israel Antiquities Authority has completed on January 25 2011 an archaeological dig of a tunnel that will enable visitors to cross under the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, not far from the Temple Mount. The tunnel, which was uncovered during excavations conducted over the past few months, was formerly used for drainage and dates back to the Second Temple. It links the City of David in Silwan with the Archaeological Park & Davidson Center, which is located near the Western Wall. Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash90. 



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 Jan 25, 2011 at 11:58 AM Anonymous Says:

All of these arecheological finds lend additional scientific and historical proof to the accuracy of what we read in torah and tanach.....

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