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A team of archaeologists working in the Giv’at Hamatos neighborhood has unearthed part of the aqueduct that once fed water to the Upper City of Jerusalem. This section of the aqueduct was dated to the period when the Roman Tenth Legion was stationed in this region. It is believed that the Hasmoneans and Herod the Great constructed two aqueducts to transport water from Bethlehem into Jerusalem to accommodate the expansion of the city. When Jerusalem was conquered by the Romans, the Tenth Legion continued to use and maintain the aqueduct. This is assumed by the dating of 25 coins that were discovered equally spaced along the aqueduct. The archaeologists involved believe that the soldiers of the Tenth Legion who maintained the aqueduct placed the coins there to elicit good fortune.



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