Friday, September 7, 2012

First Temple period public water reservoir uncovered in Jerusalem

The extraordinary water reservoir, exposed in recent weeks, was treated with several layers of plaster, and probably dates to the First Temple period.
The newly uncovered water cistern
Photo by Vladimir Naykhin
A large rock-hewn water reservoir dating to the First Temple period was discovered in the archaeological excavations that are being conducted in the Jerusalem Archaeological Garden at the foot of Robinson’s Arch. The excavations at the site are being carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority, underwritten by the Ir David Foundation and in cooperation with the Nature and Parks Authority. -- The Israel Archeological Authority Spokesperson via Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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