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2,000 Year Old Sword

2011

 

In work carried out in the water channel by the Israel Antiquities Authority, a 2,000 year old iron sword was found with its leather sheath partially intact.
According to a statement made by the heads of the excavation, Eli Shukron from the Israel Antiquities Authority and Professor Ronny Reich from the University of Haifa, “It is plausible that the sword belonged to a foot soldier of the Roman garrison that was in the Land of Israel upon the breakout of the Great Revolt against the Romans, in 66 CE. The sword was surprisingly well-preserved: not just in its length (approximately 60cm), but in the preservation of the leather sheath (a material that doesn’t normally preserve well), and a small amount of its ornaments.” 

 

Location 

 Following is the estimated location of the find on the map 

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Archaeologists 

Eli Shukron

Eli Shukron from the Israel Antiquities Authority has excavated in the City of David for over fifteen years and is considered one of the leading experts on archaeology in Jerusalem

Ronny Reich

Professor Ronny Reich from Haifa University has excavated in Jerusalem for many years, beginning as an archaeologist for the Israel Antiquities Authority and since 2005...
Excavations 

The Central Water Drainage Channel

Since 2007, Reich and Shukron have been excavating the main water drainage tunnel of the city of Jerusalem from the Second Temple period, inside the Tyropoeon Valley.
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2,000 Year Old Sword

2,000 Year Old Sword

Reich & Shukron

Reich & Shukron

The Herodian Water Channel

The Herodian Water Channel

The Herodian Water Channel leading from the City of David to the Western Wall

2,000 Year Old Sword
There is no better activity for a hot summer day than walking through the underground water tunnels
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