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A cave was discovered with a 2000-year-old Mikvah (Jewish ritual bath) inside, in Jerusalem.

Back in July, while building two nursery schools in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Arnona, the construction team found a cave.

The Israel Antiquities Authority just announced that inside the cave archaeologists found a wine press, benches and a 2000 year-old mikvah (Jewish ritual bath) from the Second Temple period.


But what was more interesting, was that on the walls of the Mikvah they found writing in Hebrew and Aramaic as well as paintings and inscriptions on the walls. All unusual for Mikvahs of that period, but even more unusual was the amount of writing and painting that were found there in one location.

Painting and inscriptions found on the wall of a 2000-year-old mikveh in Jerusalem.

THe IAA plans to make the painting and inscriptions available for viewing in the future.


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  1. Molly, there is no such people as Palastinians. They did not exist before the British called that area Palastine and the people there did not call themselves Palastinians until after 1948. They are arabs and in 1948 Israel became a state and so did Jordan, but the Arabs in the old Palastine did not want a country they wanted it all or nothing and started a war which has been going on ever sense.

  2. Noel Eliscu But it must be even harder to fake Palestinian artifacts, as Arabic was not yet a language then…. So there must be quite an industry capable of replicating carbon dating, and burying stuff deep below the surface in carefully aged layers. Wonder who pays them? The Pals have it easy… all they have to do is tunnel and toss the sand, but these guys: do you have any idea how hard it is to manufacture 2000 year old DNA and then bury it for who knows how long until someone might happen to come along and find it? These Jews will do anything to steal some more sand from the sand-poor Arabs. Think of all the things you could do with that sand: You could add it to cement, if you had a concrete factory; you could make it into glass and build glass houses, but then you'd be more reluctant to throw stones at Israeli glass houses; or you could make micro chips… if you could distinguish those from potato chips. Notice you are at SIU: are you a janitor there? You certainly could not qualify as a student.

  3. Noel Eliscu I'm sorry your statement does not make sense. "The Jews faked it to prove muslims were there first" You do know that the muslim faith did not exist for a long time after the Hebrews were on the earth.

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