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A 2,000 year old old bathroom It has been discovered under the floor of the living room during works carried out in a private house in the ‘Ein Kerem’ neighborhood of Jerusalem. Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority are impressed with the find in a family home.
The owners of the house have been given the certificate of appreciation from the Israel Antiquities Authority for exposing to the public what they have discovered under their living room, as well as for the contribution it has made to the history of Israel.
The ceramic pots that were found are dated to the time of the Second Temple, 1st century, and the marks of fire may indicate that the toilets were destroyed between 66-70 years because of a fire.
According to the archaeologist Amit Re'em: «This circumstance of finding antiques under a private home can only happen in Israel, and in Jerusalem in particular. Apart from the unexpectedness of the discovery, it is a very important archaeological find«.
‘Ein Kerem‘It is considered a sacred place for Christianity because the place is, according to the Old Testament, where John the Baptist was born and where his pregnant mother, Elisabeth, met Mary, mother of Jesus Christ.
Apart from these identifications, the archaeological records in 'Ein Kerem' Y the time in which the events occurred are highly fragmented. The discovery of the baths reinforces the hypothesis that it was a Jewish settlement since the Second Temple was built in the region that is today ‘Ein Kerem’.
The owners of the house have stated that at first they were not sure if they were in front of such an important thing as it turned out to be what was under their living room and they thank the Israel Antiquities Authority for their work., whom they called when they suspected that what was under his hall could have great historical value.