The Israel Antiquities Authority announced the discovery of a 2,700-year old system for rainwater collection in central Israel on July 20, 2017. The system, which measures nearly 66 feet long and 13 feet deep, includes a reservoir built beneath a large structure with substantial walls. The walls at the entrance to the building were adorned with engravings of human figures holding objects, and shards of vessels used to take water from the reservoir littered the ground. College students majoring in the Education Ministry’s Land of Israel and Archaeology studies programs assisted in the excavation, which was undertaken prior to the approval of a major construction project for a new residential neighborhood.
2,700-year old water system discovered in central Israel, Arutz Sheva, (July 20, 2017)