Roman era road discovered in beit hanina 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy IAA)
The Antiquities Authority unearthed a well-preserved section of an
1,800-year-old road in Beit Hanina on Tuesday, during a routine excavation prior
to the installation of a drainage pipe in the northern Jerusalem
According to the Antiquities Authority, the 8-meter-wide
road, which dates back to the Roman Empire, led from Jaffa to Jerusalem and was
built with large flat stones and curbstones to create a surface that was
comfortable for walking. Some of the stones were highly polished, indicating
heavy pedestrian use, the authority added.
Although the authority had
discovered other stretches of the road before, excavation director David Yeger,
who oversaw the dig, said the section unearthed Tuesday was the best-preserved
segment ever found in the capital.
“Several segments of the road were
previously excavated by research expeditions of the Antiquities Authority, but
such a finely preserved section of the road has not been discovered in the city
of Jerusalem until now,” he said.
The Roman Empire built two roads from
Jaffa to Jerusalem – one leading from Jaffa through Sha’ar Hagai, the other
running farther east through Beit Horon, which runs parallel to Highway
“The Romans attached great importance to the roads in the empire,”
Yeger said. “They invested large sums of money and utilized the most advanced
technological aids of the period in order to crisscross the empire with roads,
[which] served the government, military, economy and public by providing an
efficient and safe means of passage.”
The section excavated Tuesday was
part of the Roman road that ran through Beit Horon, the Antiquities Authority
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