Section of expansive 2,000-year-old lower aqueduct exposed in east Jerusalem

A section of ancient Jerusalem’s lower aqueduct, which conveyed water throughout the city more than 2,000 years ago, was recently exposed during an excavation in east Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Thursday.

The discovery was made in the Umm Tuba quarter near Har Homa during the construction of a sewage line in the neighborhood by the Gihon Company to install a modern sewer system for area residents, the IAA said.

According to the excavation’s director, Ya’akov Billig, the lower aqueduct was constructed by Hasmonean kings for mass water distribution in the capital, and operated intermittently until about 100 years ago.


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