The unusually complex bath was uncovered near the modern-day Jerusalem neighborhood of Kiryat Menachem, and would have been in use around the time of the Second Temple, according to a statement Wednesday from the Israel Antiquities Authority. The remains were found in a salvage dig ahead of the construction of a new road.
The system, archaeologist Benyamin Storchan said in the statement, conforms with the Jewish laws governing ritual baths, “like collecting the water in it naturally without human contact, and ensuring that the water does not seep into the earth, which is why the bath was treated with a special kind of plaster.”
But the construction of the bath was unique, he said: “The complex that was exposed at this time is a more sophisticated and intricate system.””
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