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A Sheltered Escape: Look Who Digs Up New Tunnel!

September 13, 2007
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Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of an escape route used by Jews in Jerusalem during the Roman occupation. Professor Ronny Reich from the University of Haifa (above, at the entrance to the tunnel) unveiled the approximately half-mile-long tunnel discovered under the City of David, in Jerusalem's Silwan Valley. It was designed as a drainage canal for winter rains that would flood Jerusalem in the Second Temple era. During the Roman siege of the walled city, Jews also used it for shelter or to escape to the Judean Desert. Photo by Flash 90

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