Israel discovers 2,000-year-old ritual bath


JERUSALEM, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Israeli archaeologists have discovered a 2,000-year-old religious ritual bath, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said Tuesday.

The ritual bath was uncovered in archaeological excavations at a major construction site in northern Israel, according to an IAA statement.

The plastered stone bath had a narrow entrance and a wide staircase.

It was found along with the remains of a Jewish agricultural farmstead, providing first evidence for Jewish farmsteads in the Galilee Region in the Second Jewish Temple Period.

The farmsteads probably functioned as the rural hinterland of the large Jewish town of Sepphoris.

The farm was destroyed in an earthquake about 1,700 years ago, and the site was finally abandoned 300 years later.

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