Skip to comments.Ancient Jewish Town Discovered Beneath Arab Village in Galilee
Posted on 03/13/2006 7:27:51 AM PST by Sabramerican
Ancient Jewish Town Discovered Beneath Arab Village in Galilee Monday, March 13, 2006 / 13 Adar 5766
An ancient Jewish town from the time of King Solomon has been uncovered beneath the Arab village of Kafr Kana, north of Nazareth, in the Galilee.
The discovery, unearthed by Israels Antiquities Authority, also includes remnants of Jewish settlement during the Roman period. Among the findings are underground tunnels excavated by Jews who defended the city against Roman legions during the Great Revolt of the year 66 CE.
During the course of the excavations, a section of the city wall and remains of buildings were exposed. Archaeologists date the remains to the period of the United Kingdom of King Solomon and the Kingdom of Israel (following the split between Israel and Judah, from the 10-9th centuries BCE). The director of the excavation on behalf of the Antiquities Authority, Yardena Alexandre, reported that evidence was found there indicating the place was ransacked during the 9th century BCE.
In addition, pottery vessels, large quantities of animal bones, a scarab depicting a man surrounded by two crocodiles, and a ceramic seal bearing the image of a lion were discovered at the site.
Following the destruction, the excavation area was abandoned until its ruins were re-inhabited by Jewish settlers during the Early Roman period (1st century CE). The identity of these residents as Galilean Jews is already known from previous excavations that were carried out at the site and from historic information that identifies the settlement as Kana of the Galilee referred to in the Christian bible.
Some of the walls that were destroyed were reused in the new construction and new floors were laid down. The Jewish settlers built igloo-shaped pits on the ruins of the previous settlement, whereby the bedrock served as the floor of the pit and the walls were built. A rock-hewn pit was discovered in one of the tunnels and in it were 11 complete storage jars characteristic of the second half of the 1st century CE. Alexandre noted that the pits are connected to each other by short tunnels and it seems that they were used as hiding refuges a kind of concealed subterranean home that were built prior to the Great Revolt against the Romans in the year 66 CE."
Interesting. So this is Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle (the changing of the water into wine) in John 2. Fascinating. I guess it's not surprising it was built on the ruins of a settlement from 1000 years earlier.
I bet that Kafr Kana is Cana of the Wedding Feast. Which is coincidentally right north of Nazareth. Very interesting.
NO read once CE and BCE are used
Ok maybe I am uneducated. What is CE and BCE? What ever happend to BC and AD?
I feel the same way. Just read it as "Christian Era" and "Before Christian Era" - because you and I know that's what it really means anyway.
but...the Arabs said the Jews never lived there!
One more leap for PC.
Isn't denying the origin of our Western Calendar the same as trying to deny the occurrence of the Holocaust?
Cool! One more proof that the Jews were there first and it is their land!
ROFL! Allahu fubar!
One arbitrary temporary dating system is as good as another.
The muslims should get out of the entire middle east and give it back to Christians and Jews.
What are the odds of this being reported in Al-Jeezera that muzzie rag, or its American counterparts cBS, nBS, aBS and pBS.. Not great I would assume..
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Does this mean the Moslems are going to start building underground mosques so as to destroy all traces of pre-0ccupation as they are doing to the Temple mount?
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