Monday, April 27, 2009

Roman Tombs Found in Bethlehem

Construction work in Bethlehem this weekend revealed a Roman tomb.  From Maan News:

Roman-era catacombs were unearthed in Bethlehem Saturday during construction in an empty lot beside Bethlehem University.

The small underground cave system opens facing north, and held four stone coffins with engravings on each, housed in two separate dug out burial areas.

Head of Antiquates [sic] department in Jericho Wael Hamamrah estimated the artifacts, complete with skeletal remains and some pottery are between 1,800 and 1,900 years old.

Construction workers preparing to lay pipe in the yard called Palestinian tourism and antiquates police when they went to investigate the sudden collapse of earth in an area they had been digging in that morning.

The full story and six enlargeable photos are here.

HT: Joe Lauer

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2 Comments:

  • if these are Jewish graves, will the Palestinians destroy them or what? Thank you, Vicki Stone

    By Blogger Vicki, at Mon Apr 27, 05:07:00 PM  

  • Vicki - I expect that the Palestinian archaeologists will conduct a proper excavation of these tombs. Some of the discoveries may well be put on display one day in a museum in Bethlehem.

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Mon Apr 27, 06:59:00 PM  

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