Archaeologists discover remains of a Roman battleground at Jerusalem

Excavations in the Russian Compound are in Jerusalem, Israel, revealed traces of the battle during the 2nd Temple period. The remains show a dramatic picture of Romans trying to breach the city’s walls.

Excavations in Jerusalem (by Israel National News)
Excavations in Jerusalem (by Israel National News)

Excavation at the Third Wall, surrounding Jerusalem in the Second Temple period,  reveal remains of a battleground on the eve of the Great Jewish Revolt against the Romans (66-70 AD). Remnants of a tower that protruded from the wall were discovered, along with numerous rocks opposite the tower. These rocks were used as projectiles by Roman catapults, throwing them at the wall and the Jewish defenders.

Found spearhead (by The Jewish Press)
Found spearhead (by The Jewish Press)

Archaeologists Rena Avner and Kfir Arviv, carrying the excavations on the behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, state that the findings are proof of the intensive shelling carried out by the Romans. By overcoming the defenders of the Third Wall, the Romans were able to bring their battering rams close to the inner walls and breach them as well.

Jar found at the site (by The Jewish Press)
Jar found at the site (by The Jewish Press)

(after Israel National News & The Jewish Press)

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