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Remains of 1900-year-old Jewish Settlement Uncovered Near Dead Sea

The remains of an ancient Jewish settlement that may date back some 1,900 years has been uncovered ten miles south of Massada, close to the western shore of the lower portion of the Dead Sea, it was announced here today.

Remnants of buildings, some fences and irrigation ditches were uncovered by personnel on a survey for the Ministry of Development. It is believed that the residents of the area may have brought their water from the vicinity of Ein Gedi, which is nearly 20 miles to the north. The architecture of the buildings is believed similar to that of the Essenes.