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Roman Jerusalem

    Naturevolume 140page578 (1937) | Download Citation



    THE discovery of an interesting and important relic of the Roman occupation of Jerusalem is reported. The Department of Antiquities, it is stated by the correspondent of The Times in the issue of September 28, while conducting excavations in connexion with the plan of the municipality for clearing away buildings from the Damascus Gate, has brought to light a Roman moulded plinth ten feet high, of which the top was found at a depth of thirteen feet below the surface. The plinth consists of massive blocks of stone, which, it is said, recall the finest work of the Roman period. The site has been identified provisionally with the city gate beside the "Women's Towers", mentioned by Josephus. It is hoped that excavation will be carried further in the expectation that it will throw light on the much-discussed problem of the Third Wall of Jerusalem.

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