Archaeologists Unearth Huge Reservoirs 2.700 Years Old

The Israel archeologists digging near the town of Rosh Ha-Ayin has found old water system a very big year 2,700 surrounded by wall carvings dating from the end of the iron age.

The system, which includes the reservoir as high as 13 feet the length of 66 feet, built under a huge structure with walls that extends nearly 164 feet, Israel Antiquities Authority announced last week. Its size suggests that it was an administrative site built to control the water supply in the region.
Archaeologists Unearth Huge Reservoirs 2.700 Years Old
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"The structure is exposed in the excavation is different from most farmsteads were found before," said Gilad Itach, excavation Director for the IAA, in a statement. "This is an orderly plan, large areas of strong walls and the impressive water reservoir carved below it shows that the site was purely administrative and might have been in control of the surrounding agricultural land."

On the floor next to the reservoir, archaeologists found shards of pottery which they believe to be fractional boats that used to pull water.

"It's hard not to be impressed by the view of underground shelters that occurred many years ago," said Itachi. "In ancient times, the collection and storage of rainwater are a fundamental necessity. With an annual rainfall of 500 millimeters (20 inches) of rain in the winter, this area will easily fill the huge reservoir.

"On the walls, near the entrance, we identify human figure carving, cross and vegetal motifs which may be engraved by passersby at a later date. Overall, we identified seven pictures sized 15-30 centimeters (6-12 inches). Most have arms splayed, and some seem to hold some sort of thing. "

The site was excavated in front of construction residential neighborhood outside the Rosh Ha-Ayin, 14 miles east of Tel Aviv.

Ekskavator assisted by middle school students majoring in Line to Land of Israel and archaeology Ministry of education.

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