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Artifacts from 2000-year-old famine found in Jerusalem


Archaeologists working in Jerusalem have uncovered artifacts that are the first evidence of the famine that spread through Jerusalem during the Roman seige nearly 2,000 years ago.

According to Eli Shukron, excavation director at the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), people went down into the cistern to secretly eat the food that was contained in the pots, hiding from the Roman soldiers and the Jewish rebels who would have tried to take away the frugal meal.

“This is the first time we are able to connect archaeological finds with the famine that occurred during the siege of Jerusalem at the time of the Great Revolt,” Shukron said in a statement.

Beginning in 66 A.D., the Great Revolt was the first of several Jewish rebellions against the Roman rule.

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Story: Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery | Photo: Discovery

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