Excavation Exposes Site Where Romans Breached Wall In Jerusalem 2,000 Years Ago, Israeli Archaelogists Say
The Times of Israel is reporting that archaeologists have discovered evidence of where the ancient Romans breached a wall in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. This is according to a statement released today by the Israel Antiquities Authority.
“This is a fascinating testimony of the intensive bombardment by the Roman army, led by Titus, on their way to conquering the city and destroying the Second Temple,” said excavation directors Dr. Rina Avner and Kfir Arbib in the statement. “The bombardment was intended to attack the sentries guarding the wall and provide cover for the Roman forces so they could approach the wall with battering rams and thereby breach the city’s defenses”.
The site is located in a spot where the new campus of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design was to be constructed, archaeologists said.
“During the course of the excavation archaeologists discovered the remains of a tower jutting from the city wall,” according to the statement. “Opposite the tower’s western facade were scores of ballista and sling stones that the Romans had fired from catapults towards the Jewish guards defending the wall who were stationed at the top of the tower.”
This directly confirms what the historian Josephus, who witnessed the battle, wrote about the ancient wall.
A more detailed discussion will take place at an upcoming conference entitled "New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and it's Region" on October 27th at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
(Photo Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority)