Jerusalem excavation finds more proof of battle with Rome

Archaeologists excavating parts of Jerusalem’s ancient sites shared evidence this past week of the battle between Rome and Jerusalem that led to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD. The Jewish arrowheads and ballista balls shot from Roman catapults were discovered when the team of archaeologists dug up an ancient road into Jerusalem that they found to be constructed in the typical Roman method.

The road was the main street going up from Jerusalem’s gates past the Pool of Siloam up to the Temple. Their discovery matches the description of weapons and strategies used in the battle written by ancient historian Flavius Josephus, proving again his writings were eyewitness accounts. Only part of that street has been excavated thus far. It is expected to take five years to dig up the rest of the ancient street and the team anticipates even more ancient discoveries during that process.

Source: Tazpit News Agency, Israel – Jerusalem Archeologists Unearth Evidence Of Ancient Battle For City,, May 25, 2017.


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