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Site of 6th Roman Legion found in Israel


Archaeologists working in Israel have uncovered the 1,800-year-old base of the 6th Roman Legion.

Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Yotam Tepper had long suspected that the site in the Galilee was the base of the Legio Sexta Ferrata, the 6th Roman Legion, also known as the Ironclad Legion. The other legion in the country was the 10th, based in Jerusalem.

Over the past week, an expedition led by Tepper and archaeologist Matthew Adams found the base of a battery or wall, a moat surrounding the camp, water pipes, a covered sewage channel, coins and tiles. The legion’s symbol adorned a broken shingle.

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Story: Eli Ashkenazi, Haaretz | Photo: Haaretz

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