Archaeologists find ancient tunnels

Wednesday, March 15, 2006 |    

Underground chambers and tunnels used during a Jewish revolt against the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago have been uncovered in northern Israel. Archaeologists said the Jews gathered supplies and were preparing to hide from the Romans during their revolt in AD 66-70. The pits, linked by short tunnels, would have served as a concealed subterranean home. Yardenna Alexandre of the Israel Antiquities Authority said the find in Kfar Kana, north of Nazareth, shows the Jews prepared for the uprising, contrary to the accepted thought that the revolt began unexpectedly. “It definitely was not spontaneous,” Alexandre said. “The Jews of that time certainly did prepare for it, with underground hideaways here and in other sites we have found.”

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