Mysterious ancient message found on ritual bath from Second Temple period

A mysterious ancient message dating to the Second Temple Period has been discovered on a well-preserved ritual bath (mikve) in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Wednesday.

The mikve, from the First Century CE, was found in an underground cave at the construction site of two nursery schools in the Arnona Quarter two months ago, IAA spokeswoman Yoli Shwartz said.

“The walls of the mikve were treated with ancient plaster and were adorned with numerous wall paintings and inscriptions, written in mud, soot and incising,” said Shwartz.


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