Scientists place site where very old Roman armies breached Jerusalem walls


Archaeologists say they’ve found proof of a battleground from the Roman emperor Titus’ siege of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 by zoommasti usa news

Archaeologists say they’ve found proof of a battleground from the Roman emperor Titus’ siege of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.

Recent excavations exposed a section of the so-called “Third Wall” of Jerusalem that Titus’ army breached on its way to successful the city, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).



Outside the wall, the archaeologists found that the earth was beleaguered with large ballista stones (stones used as projectiles with a type of crossbow) and throw stones, suggesting that this area had been under heavy fire from Roman blockade engines.


These archaeological remains were unearthed last winter at the site where the campus of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is to be built, in an area of the city that is known today as the Russian Compound, IAA officials said.

“This is a charming indication of the concentrated attack by the Roman army, led by Titus, on their way to successful the city and destroying the Second Temple,” the excavation directors, Rina Avner and Kfir Arbib, said in a statement from the IAA. “The attack was future to attack the sentries guarding the wall and provide cover for the Roman forces so they could move toward the wall with battering rams and thus breach the city’s defenses.”

An witness to the war, historian Flavius Josephus, wrote the seminal account of the Roman blockade of Jerusalem, which included key details about the Third Wall.

the wall was built to protect a area called Beit Zeita, which was built exterior the city’s limits at the time. The building was started by Agrippa I, King of Judea, and was finished two decades later to help fortify the city as Jewish rebels prepared to revolt against Rome in A.D. 66.

Ultimately, the rebellion against Rome was unsuccessful, and in A.D. 70, the Romans took back Jerusalem and destroyed much of the city, as well as the Second Temple.

The newly naked section of the wall is 6.2 feet (1.9 meters) wide. Pottery discovered at the site suggests that this battlefield dates back to Roman times, the archaeologists said. They also exposed the remains of a watchtower along the wall.

The new findings could help resolve some debate about the precise location of the Third Wall, which has been going on ever since archaeologist Edward Robinson claimed to have found a portion of the wall in 1838. The discoveries will be obtainable next week at the New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its area conference


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