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

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sun Aug 29 02:50:32 EDT 2004

The excavators are having a guided tour of both sites for the interested
public on Sept. 6 at 4 pm. I plan to be there - you're all invited!

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From: "Shoshanna Walker" <rosewalk at concentric.net>
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Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2004 3:34 AM
Subject: [b-hebrew] Ancient Canaanite City, Jewish town found

> FROM:  ICEJ News, August 26
> 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
> 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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