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Ancient Water Tunnel Discovered in Jerusalem

By: JTA

This discovery was first announced in JewishPress.com in April 2013.

The longest water tunnel ever discovered in Israel is being excavated in Jerusalem, near the train station in the southern part of the city. Both the tunnel and a stone column head at its opening, belonging to a state structure dating back to the kings of Judea, are considered proof that the tunnel digging was done during the First Temple period.

Running 700 feet, the tunnel was discovered several weeks ago during an excursion organized by the Kfar Etzion Field School, according to a report Friday in the Israeli daily Ma’ariv.

Yaron Rosenthal, who runs the school for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, said instructors chanced upon the tunnel just east of the security barrier which separates Israel from Palestinian population centers in Judea. Rosenthal estimated the structure predated 586 B.C. He said the tunnel is one of the longest tunnels in the Holy Land used to transport spring water.

He said that markings, stairs and aesthetic relief carved into the stone suggested that the tunnel belonged to a Judaean king.

“We entered a 15-foot shaft through a very narrow entrance and headed eastward underground,” Rosenthal recalled. “We were amazed at the beauty of the structure we were in, whose corridor is built from huge slabs of more than a cubic yard. At the end of this construction, a simpler path begins and a neat staircase leads to that part.”

The tunnel’s ceiling varies between five and nine feet and it is two to three feet wide, he said. The tunnel is within Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries, according to Ma’ariv.

The Israel Antiquities Authority conducted preliminary checks in the region three years ago but decided not to excavate, according to Ma’ariv.

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23 Responses to “Ancient Water Tunnel Discovered in Jerusalem”

  1. no surprises here-Right

  2. Some photos would be very helpful and appreciated.

  3. Eloise Kay Drake says:

    I hope it will be open to the public soon

  4. This is just more proof that those who say that Jews have no claim to the area are trying to change history. This ind must be publicized throughout the world.

  5. Carol Pellegrino says:

    amazing…………but not surprised! How much more proof does the world need? Jerusalem belongs to the Jewish people.

  6. I would love to see pics of it. I am truly amazed!

  7. Eva Feld says:

    It is said that one can live in Jerusalem all life-long, go on excursions and expeditions and never really see the whole city, ever.

  8. Fullu Caplan says:

    Every stone has a Jewish story, especially in Jerusalem!

  9. You do not say if it is still working? Yes, Pics would be great! Ziggy

  10. Wanda Roberts says:

    Is this similar to Hezichia's tunnel?

  11. Christians should never be surprised. Our Bible is clear on that.

  12. Ernest Hobbs says:

    Very interesting Find ! Great History …

  13. Paud O Riain says:

    I agree Jerusalem is and has always been Jewish

  14. Asoo Fulla says:

    jewish tunnel does have special design ,just like jews special creature of god. come on jews be logical .Are you crazy?

  15. A few pictures would have been great.

  16. Debi Fuhrman says:

    Awesome

  17. Trisha Eden says:

    Israel has ALWAYS and will ALWAYS be God's country and land. He himself ordained this with Moses. Back in those days they did do all kinds of beautiful designs. This would also indicate that it quite probably went to the original Temple also. Yes, pics would have been nice, however, they were probably forbidden at this particular time!

  18. Trisha Eden says:

    Israel has ALWAYS and will ALWAYS be God's country and land. He himself ordained this with Moses. Back in those days they did do all kinds of beautiful designs. This would also indicate that it quite probably went to the original Temple also. Yes, pics would have been nice, however, they were probably forbidden at this particular time!

  19. I am very interested In Israel as it is God's own land and it shall remain whole

  20. Derek Browell says:

    Are there any supposed links to Kings mentioned in the O.T. or is it too early to speculate ?

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