Ancient estate with mosaic fountain found in Israel

Published on December 20th, 2013 | by Admin



Construction work in central Israel has unearthed a 10th-11th century estate with a mosaic fountain in the garden.

“This is the first time that the fountain’s plumbing was discovered completely intact. The pipes of other fountains did not survive the earthquakes that struck the country in 1033 and 1068 CE,” TorgĂ« said in a statement.

Ramla was founded in the eighth century by the ruler Suleiman Ibn ‘Abd al-Malik. Its strategic location on the road from Cairo to Damascus and from Yafo to Jerusalem made Ramla an important economic center.

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Story: Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience | Photo: Assaf Peretz; courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority

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