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Excavations of Jerusalem Third Wall Completed; Facts Arouse Interest

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The excavations of the Agrippa Wall, commonly known as the Third Wall, commonly known as the Third Wall, around Jerusalem, being carried on by the Jewish Archaeological Society under the auspices of the Hebrew University, are nearly completed.

During the excavations a continuation of the Wall to the south was uncovered and a gateway between two towers opposite the Tomb of Queen Helena of Adiabena, along the side of the valley as far as the Temple area. The towers are mentioned in Josephus Flavius’ “History of the Jewish Wars Against the Romans.”

The exact line of the Third Wall now seems to be fixed. It went from opposite the Tomb of Helene along the Vadi extending to the Temple area. The corner tower, which is mentioned by Josephus, is probably the Herodian tower, the foundations of which are visible to the northeast corner of the Temple area.

The discovery of the line of the Third Jerusalem Wall is of great historic value and has caused considerable interest among Jewish and non-Jewish scholars. Particular significance is attached to this discovery in view of the fact that it might offer a solution to the debated question as to the exactness of the location of what are traditionally known as the Christian Holy Sites in Jerusalem.

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