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Ritual bath complex found in Jerusalem

A ritual bath complex dating back to the late Second Temple Period has been found during road construction in Jerusalem.

“We started [the excavation] one week before Passover and ended the day after the holiday,” said Benyamin Storchan, director of the Antiquities Authority excavation. Storchan said that while multiple ritual baths have been excavated in Jerusalem in recent years, the water supply system his team uncovered is “unique and unusual.”

“The ritual baths known until now usually consist of a closed cavity that was supplied with rainwater conveyed from a small rock-cut pool located nearby,” he said. “The complex that was exposed at this time is a more sophisticated and intricate system.

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Story: Daniel K. Eisenbud, The Jerusalem Post | Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority

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