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Jerusalem unveils road used by pilgrims during Second Temple

reprinted from Haaretz
13/09/2009

by Nir Hasson, Correspondent

The Israel Antiquities Authority researchers said on Sunday that a stretch of road in Jerusalem dating to the Second Temple and thought to be used by pilgrims on their ascent to the temple had been cleared over the past few months.

The reclaimed section had been known to researchers for over 100 years, as it was discovered by British examiners at the end of the 19th century.

The paved road leading up from the Pool of Siloam, toward the Temple Mount, has since been covered up and only now cleared by the IAA.

Professor Roni Reich, who headed the excavation, said the exposed spot was "where Second Temple pilgrims began their ascent by foot. This is the southern tip of the street, a section of which is exposed along the western side of the Temple Mount."

The excavation was run by the IAA in cooperation with Israel's Nature and Parks Authority and financed by the Elad foundation, which operates the nearby City of David site.

The site is expected to be opened to the public in the near future.

 

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