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Archaeologists Uncover Artifacts from Jerusalem Famine

Friday, June 28, 2013

IMG 4404-001JERUSALEM—Archaeologists digging in Jerusalem have recovered artifacts that they say might be evidence of several uprisings by citizens of the city against the Romans from A.D. 66 to 70. The fighting eventually ended with the Romans sacking and plundering Jerusalem and, according to writings by Roman historian Titus Flavius Josephus, resulted in the deaths of more than 1 million people by starvation and other means. Archaeologists found three nearly complete cookings vessels and an oil lamp in what was once, 2,000 years ago, a belowground water reservoir, where starving city-dwellers would stash food. In a statement, dig director Eli Shukron said, "This is the first time we are able to connect archaeological finds with the famine that occurred during the siege of Jerusalem at the time of the Great Revolt."