Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Archaeologists discovery in the Holy Land ...

(South African Catholic; c.f. Reuters (Independent; British; Secular) 21 / 06 (June) / 2009)

Israeli archaeologists have discovered an underground quarry in the Holy Land that is dating back into the times of Jesus.

This cavern, 4,000 square meter (yard), 10 meters deep beneath the desert near ancient West Bank city of Jericho was dug approximately 2,000 years ago and used for about half a millennium, reported by archaeologist Adam Zertal to Reuters, Jerusalem.

It seems Zertal and his team who were putting together a detailed archaeological map of the area stumbled upon this hole in the ground. They went down into it and discovered this huge cave.

The cave’s main hall is about three meters tall, and supported by 20 stone pillars. The walls have several Christian symbols etched into them, including crosses dating back to about AD 350 and Roman legionary emblems.

Zertal’s team believes the stones were used previously in buildings and churches in the region, but stressed more research was necessary to back this up.

This miraculous discovery might in the future become one of the largest underground tourist’s sites in the Holy Land.


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