2000 year old battle relics provide evidence of the final battle of Jerusalem

Archaeologists have found evidence of the last battle of Jerusalem of 2000 years ago, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority and Nature and Parks Authority.

Included in the graves of the findings — funded by Elad — are arrows and stone ballista balls, which were discovered on the street who ascended to the gates and the pool of Siloam to the Temple,” according to a press release.

The battle between the Romans and the Jewish rebels, was described by the historian Flavius Josephus: “the next day the Romans, led by the rogues of the city, the whole on the fire as far as Siloam (Josephus, Wars, Book 6:363).”

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The ballista stones which were exhibited in the archaeological excavation are evidence of the battle of Jerusalem that was fought 2000 years ago. Photo: Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

“These findings tell the story of the last battle between the Roman troops and the Jewish rebels who had barricaded themselves in the city-a struggle that resulted in the destruction of Jerusalem,” the IAA added in the release.


Nahshon Szanton and Moran Hagbi, the directors of the excavation, said the ballista balls were used by the Romans to the bombing of Jerusalem during the battle. Conversely, the arrowheads were used by the Jewish forces in their defense of the city.

The count has also discovered a part of the road — 100 feet long and 7.5 feet wide — which was paved with stone plate.

With the help of advanced and pioneering methods of research, the findings to the conclusion that the street was built after King Herod from the government, and the “perhaps even during the tenure of the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, who is also known for the fact that Jesus was sentenced to death by crucifixion,” Szanton called.

Attention to the advanced methods for the team is the use, that the methods of the natural sciences, biology and geology, Szanton said: “they enable researchers to address questions that have not yet been studied.”

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