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MIDEAST ISRAEL JERUSALEM ARCHAEOLOGY

Location: JERUSALEM, Israel
September 6, 2012

Israeli archaeologist Eli Skukrun speaks about the large water reservoir from the First Temple Period (1000 BCE) that held some 250 cubic meters of water and was recently excavated along the bedrock of the Western Wall, on the western side of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, 06 September 2012. Archaeologists were working on the floor of another underground waterway when they broke through and discovered the cistern about four months ago, which led to excavations down to the bedrock of the cistern. The entire room is covered in a man made plaster and archaeologists say it is one of the largest water reservoirs from this era and served the general population of Jerusalem who accessed the water with baskets from a hole in the roof that led to the plaza at the wall of the temple area.

Credit: EPA
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