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October 21, 2016 6:41 am

Excavation Uncovers Evidence of ‘Third Wall’ of Jerusalem’s Old City Breached by Romans 2,000 Years Ago

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Kfir Arbib, excavation director, cleans one of the sling stones. Photo: Yoli Shwartz, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Kfir Arbib, excavation director, cleans one of the sling stones. Photo: Yoli Shwartz, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

JNS.org – Archaeologists have located the site of an ancient battle during which the Romans breached Jerusalem’s walls, before conquering the city and destroying the Second Temple 2,000 years ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced Thursday.

The discovery of ballista, or ancient catapults, and sling stones surrounding the remains of a tower protruding from the so-called “Third Wall” of the Old City confirm descriptions in the wartime accounts of historian Josephus Flavius. Josephus wrote that the wall began near Hippicus Tower, now identified as David’s Citadel, and continued north to the Psephinus Tower, before turning east toward the Tomb of Queen Helena, or the Tombs of the Kings. The IAA finding is the first modern corroboration of its existence.

“This is a fascinating testimony of the intensive bombardment by the Roman army, led by Titus, on their way to conquering the city and destroying the Second Temple,” IAA excavation directors Dr. Rina Avner and Kfir Arbib said. “The bombardment was intended to attack the [Jewish] sentries guarding the wall and provide cover for the Roman forces so they could approach the wall with battering rams and thereby breach the city’s defenses.”

Archaeologists have long wondered about the “Third Wall” Josephus discussed in his eyewitness reports of the Romano-Jewish war. The wall — designed to protect a newly constructed quarter of Jerusalem called Beit Zeita — was first conceived by King Agrippa I in 40 BCE. It was completed 20 years later by the defenders of Jerusalem to fortify the city during the Great Revolt against Rome.

The artifacts were uncovered last winter during excavation of a construction site in the Russian Compound in downtown Jerusalem for a new campus of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

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  • Shein Ariely

    No- it cannot be truth!
    UNESCO just declared that Jerusalem was never holy to Israelis!
    ————-
    UNESCO history guidelines:
    Lying is the truth
    Fake is reality
    (Extension to 1984 George Orwell)
    _———-
    United Nation Education Science Cultural Organization=UNESCO!
    The resolution has ramifications to the entire human being history.
    Many important chapter in history and monotheism religions are fakes

    1: Roman history is a SCIENTIFIC fake!
    The Titus ark the triumph in Rome, dating 2000 years ago, with sculptures describing the Roman victory over the Jews in Jerusalem and looting of the Jewish temple is a fake.
    It was build 600 years before Islam was invented, but UNESCO has discovered a new SCIENTIFIC method to count the human CULTURE.

    2: If Jerusalem is not holly to the Jews- than Christianity holly places and Jesus are fakes.
    The story of Jesus – a Jew rabbi-preaching in Jerusalem, the Via Dolorosa and all the Christian holly places in Jerusalem are all fakes

    3: If Jews have no connection to Jerusalem and Christianity is a fake that Islam which is based on Judaism and Christianity (they consider Moses and Jesus being Muslims prophets’ before Muhamad) is a fake as well.
    Well- UNESCO is the world champion medalist of hypocritical stupidity!
    Funded by mainly by countries with Christian majority
    (One additional paradox)
    ****
    Note: Many Arabs are named: Dawood-
    It is the Arab pronunciation of David- the Israeli king that established in Jerusalem the capital of the first Israelis independent state.
    One additional paradox UNESCO has to redefine

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