Ancient Manor House Discovered in Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem, Israel. 2nd March, 2016. Archaeologist and Excavation Director ALEX WIEGMANN excavates the site of a Mikve, a Jewish ritual bath, in which numerous pottery fragments were found indicating it may later have served as a collection pit for a pottery workshop. A rural estate comprised of a large wine press, a Roman bathhouse and a 2nd Temple Era Jewish Mikve, a ritual bath, was discovered in the Schneller Compound in excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority prior to the construction of residential buildings for Jerusalem’s ultra-orthodox population. Findings are dated in the Roman or Byzantine period, some 1,600 years ago.