Ruins of Ancient Village Discovered Under East Jerusalem Neighborhood

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Published on March 27, 2019 - Duration: 01:45s

Ruins of Ancient Village Discovered Under East Jerusalem Neighborhood

The ruins of an ancient village, estimated to be 2,000 years old, was discovered in a neighborhood of Sharafat in Jerusalem in March, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said.The Jewish agricultural village from the Hasmonean period features a wine press, an olive press, and large ritual bath.

The IAA said the most significant feature of the village was an “extravagant burial estate” that included a courtyard and a sealed burial cave.Ya’akov Billig, the director of the excavations, said, “It seems that this burial estate served a wealthy or prominent family during the Hasmonean period.

The estate was in use for a few generations as was common in that era.”The excavation was conducted in preparation for the construction of an elementary school in the Arab neighborhood of Sharafat, the Times of Israel reported.

Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority via Storyful

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