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Ancient Second Temple Ritual Bath Discovered in Jerusalem

Archaeologists discovered a ritual bath in Jerusalem dating back 2,000 years to the Second Temple period. Highly significant wall paintings and pottery reveal a glimpse into life in the ancient Jewish world.

During construction of a kindergarten, an ancient ritual bath, or mikvah, dating back to the first century CE was discovered in an underground cave in Jerusalem. There were numerous paintings and mysterious inscriptions on the walls. Written in mud and soot, the Aramaic-language inscriptions are written in a Hebrew script which was customary during the Second Temple period.

This discovery provides yet another link to the connection between the Jewish people and the holy city of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel.