Ancient Roman road exposed near Beit Shemesh
A wide and impressive 2,000 year old road dating to the Roman period, in an extraordinary state of preservation, was revealed last February in archaeological excavations of the Israel Antiquities Authority near Highway 375. The excavation was conducted prior to laying a water pipeline to Jerusalem, at the initiative of, the Bet Shemesh water corporation "Mei Shemesh". Students from "Ulpanat Amit Noga" in Ramat Bet Shemesh volunteered to participate in the dig.
|An archaeological excavation was carried out prior to the installation of a water pipeline |
at the initiative of the Mei Shemesh Company [Credit: IAA]
|Aerial photograph of the road [Credit: Copyright: The Griffin Aerial Photography Company/IAA]|
|Some of the coins discovered in the excavation [Credit: Clara Amit/IAA]|
According to Amit Shadman, the Israel Antiquities Authority district archaeologist for Judah, “The ancient road passed close to the Israel National Trail and we believe that it will spark interest among the hikers. The Israel Antiquities Authority and Mei Shemesh Corporation have agreed that the road will be conserved in situ, for the public’s benefit”.
Source: Israel Antiquities Authority [March 07, 2017]