Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Roman-era Sword Uncovered in Ancient Ditch in Jerusalem

Like a postcard sent from the battle ground, a Roman sword, still in its leather-bound wooden scabbard, was unearthed in a Jerusalem ditch where it had apparently lain since the revolt that destroyed the Second Temple almost 2,000 years ago.

Archaeologist Eli Shukron told The Media Line it was a rare find and the only one that could definitely be linked to the Great Revolt by the Jews against the Romans in August 70 A.D.

The discovery was even more symbolic for the archaeologists since it came just a day before Jews mark the destruction of the Temple on the 9th of the Jewish Month of Av, which falls on August 9.

Click here to read this article from The Media Line

Click here to read the article "Jerusalem tunnel contains 2,000-year-old sword, pots and coins" from the Daily Telegraph