2,000-year-old ritual bath found under family’s Jerusalem living room floor

A 2,000-year-old ritual bath (mikve) from the Second Temple period was discovered beneath a family’s living room floor during renovations carried out in their home in Jerusalem’s south-west Ein Kerem neighborhood, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Wednesday.

The IAA’s Jerusalem District Archeologist, Amit Re’em, said he was amazed to learn that a pair of wooden doors beneath a rug in the middle of the family’s living room concealed the ancient ritual bath.

“Such instances of finding antiquities beneath a private home can happen only in Israel, and Jerusalem in particular,” said Re’em. “Beyond the excitement and the unusual story of the discovery of the mikve, its exposure is of archaeological importance.”

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/2000-year-old-ritual-bath-found-under-familys-Jerusalem-living-room-floor-407678

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