MembersWitnesses to the Last Battle for Jerusalem

Archaeology

By Israel Today |
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On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of the city, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and the Israel Parks Authority unveiled silent ancient witnesses to the 2nd century AD battle for Jerusalem, which ended with the destruction of the Second Temple. The exhibit can be found at the City of David in the Jerusalem Wall National Park. Among the items on display are arrow heads and stone sling shots that were found on the main street leading from the city gates and the Pool of Siloam to the Temple. The excavations have lasted for a number of years, and have been financed by the City of David Society. The finds tell the story of the last battle between Roman troops and Jewish rebels, who had barricaded themselves inside the city. The battle was also described by the historian Josephus Flavius: “The next day, after the Romans had thrown the rebels out of the city, they set fire to everything, right down to the Pool of Siloam” (Josephus, Wars, Book 6, 363).

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