Israeli Village Found, The remains of an ancient rural town that was occupied 2,300 years ago were uncovered by archaeologists probing a site ahead of a plan to construct a gas pipeline.
Located on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the 8,000 square foot site revealed a small settlement with single-family stone houses and a network of narrow alleys.
“The rooms generally served as residential and storage rooms, while domestic tasks were carried out in the courtyards,” excavation director for the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) Irina Zilberbod said in a statement.
The town was occupied for two centuries between 516 BC and 70, a time known as the Second Temple period. Constructed by the legendary builder of ancient Jerusalem King Herod, the Second Temple was a holy place of worship for the Jewish people, where the Dome of the Rock stands today.