Archeologists uncovered the remains of an escape route used by Jews in Jerusalem during the Roman occupation.
Israel’s Antiquities Authority unveiled the approximately half-mile-long tunnel discovered under the City of David, located in Jerusalem’s Silwan Valley.
According to the authority, the tunnel was designed as drainage canal for winter rains that would flood Jerusalem in the Second Temple era. During the Roman siege of the walled city, Jews would also use it for shelter or to escape to the Judean Desert.
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