Imponerande dreneringskanal

Det har i dag (09.09.2007) blitt kjent at eit lengre stykke av ein imponerande dreneringskanal frå tida før år 70 er oppdaga under Davidsbyen i Jerusalem. Byen har verkeleg hatt ein godt utbygd infrastruktur!

Dei omfattande underjordiske dreneringskanalane er kjent frå Josefus si skildring av beleiringa i år 70 i Den jødiske krig. Han fortel at mange søkte tilflukt i dreneringssystemet før dei greidde å flykta gjennom den sørlege byporten.

Haaretz skriv:

A 70-meter-long segment of Jerusalem’s central drain dating from the Second Temple period was discovered Sunday by the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The segment is located between the Temple Mount and the Pool of Siloam. It apparently was part of a long drain that spanned from the Western Wall to the Kidron River, near the Dead Sea.

The drain stretched underneath the Old City’s main street, and cleared rainwater from the areas now known as the Jewish Quarter and the western section of City of David, as well as the Temple Mount, before the city’s destruction at the hands of the Romans in 70 C.E.

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“According to Josephus, the historian who recorded the siege, occupation and destruction of Jerusalem, people found refuge in the drain until they managed to escape through the city’s southern gate,” they said.

Les meir: Ancient Escape Hatch Found in Israel

(via BiblePlaces Blog)

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