Archeologists unearthed 2,000-year-old Street in Jerusalem built by Pontius Pilate

Archeologists said that recently discovered 2000 year old street links to most important places in Jerusalem – the Temple Mount and Siloam Pool.

Oct 22, 2019 11:13 IST
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A 2000-year-old street has been unearthed by a team of experts in Jerusalem. Archaeologists said that the street was built by Pontius Pilate and it was uncovered for the first time since the city was sacked by the Romans in 70AD.

It was an ancient walkway which was used by pilgrims as their way to worship at the Temple Mount in the ‘City of David’ in Jerusalem. The report was published in Tel Aviv Journal of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University. The report revealed that a 220-meter-long section of an ancient street has discovered by archaeologists from Tel Aviv University and Israel Antiquities Authority.

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Key Findings
• Archaeologists revealed over 100 coins trapped beneath paving stones. The discovery of coins pointed out that these are dated between 17 CE to 31 CE that means the work of street construction was completed during the time that Pontius Pilate governed Judea.
• The street is approximately 600 meters long and 8 meters wide. It was paved with big slabs of stones.
• As per the estimate of researchers, about 10,000 tons of limestock rock was used in construction.
• The street links to most important places in Jerusalem – the Temple Mount and Siloam Pool.
• Researchers said that it was used as a pilgrim’s route because strong evidence has been found.
• It took six years of the period for a team of archaeologists from the Tel Aviv University and Israel Antiquities Authority.
• The street built with finely carved stones and furnishings like a stepped podium along the street.

Who was Pontius Pilate?
He was known as the fifth governor of the Roman province of Judaea. He is best known as a person who presided over the Trial of Jesus and ordered his crucifixion. Pontius Pilate had the power to impose capital punishment, and he was responsible for collecting taxes and tributes. He had powers for disbursing funds, including the minting of coins. He shared a limited amount of civil and religious power with the Jewish Sanhedrin.

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