History is everywhere in Israel – and significant historical and archaeological finds are constantly turning up during construction and excavation projects. A recent discovery points to the last hideout of the Jewish revolt in Jerusalem thousands of years ago.
Thus the Great Revolt against Rome ended: The enemy breached the defenses, and the beleaguered Jewish fighters hid in the sewer system, in a bid to escape the siege, or perhaps to stage a last, desperate stand. But the technologically and numerically superior Roman forces quickly flushed out and killed the remaining rebels.
This vivid flashback emerged as archaeologists dug up sections of a monumental, stepped road dated to the early first century C.E., located in the most ancient area of Jerusalem.
The wide road ran uphill for about a kilometer from the Siloam Pool to the Temple Mount. It was probably used mainly by pilgrims who, after purifying themselves in the waters gushing from the city’s main spring, Gihon, would ascend to pray at Judaism’s holiest site.
While scholars knew about the road already a century ago, it has only been properly excavated over the last decade. The bizarre nature of finds while excavating this road system has led archaeologists to conclude that this was where one of the final chapters of the Great Revolt was written.