[b-hebrew] Ancient Canaanite City, Jewish town found

Shoshanna Walker rosewalk at concentric.net
Sat Aug 28 21:34:06 EDT 2004


FROM:  ICEJ News, August 26


ARCHEOLOGISTS UNCOVER ANCIENT CANAANITE CITY, JEWISH TOWN - Israeli 
archeologists have uncovered a 5,000-year-old Canaanite city and a 
2,000-year-old Jewish village from the Second Temple period alongside 
each other in the Modi'in area near the present-day Israeli 
green-line town of Shoham. The Jewish town existed from about 100 BCE 
to 135 CE, until the Bar Kochba revolt, archeologist Dr. David Amit 
told The Jerusalem Post. Excavations have uncovered a 2,000-year-old 
street, ancient Jewish coins, wine presses, and a mikve (Jewish 
ritual bath).



FROM:  Arutz 7, August 26

DIGGING UP HISTORY
The Antiquities Authority revealed yesterday two extraordinary 
findings in the Tel Bareket archaeological dig near Modiin: A large 
Jewish village from the Second Temple period, and a Canaanite city 
from the period between Noah and Abraham. 

"This is one of the most unique sites ever dug in Israel," 
Antiquities Authority sources told Maariv.  Some ten archaeologists 
and 250 workers took part in the unprecedented dig, which took place 
over a large area that was divided into two parts.  In one area, 
diggers discovered housing units, mikvaot [ritual baths], a water 
canal and reservoir system, yards, streets, agricultural findings, 
and coins from the Hasmonean period and later.  In the second area, a 
large and well-fortified city from close to 5,000 years ago was 
found. 





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