A team of archaeologists from the University of Tel Aviv and the independent governmental Israel Antiquities Authority have discovered a 2,000-year-old street built by Pontius Pilatus in Jerusalem.
This walkway was most likely used by pilgrims as they made their way to worship their respective gods on Temple Mount in the “City of David,” within the walls of Jerusalem’s National Park, as reported by SciTech Daily
In a new study, published in the Journal of the Institute of Archeology of Tel Aviv University, the researchers have revealed that, during the excavation, they found more than 100 coins beneath the paving stones dating between the years 17 and 31 AD.
After six years of archaeological excavation, the team has uncovered a 722 feet-long section of the ancient walkway. The road connects the Pool of Siloam with the Temple Mount – also known to the Muslims as the Haram esh-Sharif (The Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem). Both monuments are hugely significant for the followers of Judaism and Christianity.
This road was first discovered by British archaeologists in 1894. The finding of ancient coins provides, according to specialists, strong evidence that the work was commissioned by Pontius Pilatus, and that the construction began and was completed during his time as a governor of the province of Judea.
Study co-author Doctor Donald T. Ariel, archaeologist and currency expert at the Israel Antiquities Authority, explained, “Some coins have the year they were minted, which means that, if under the street there is a coin with the date 30 of the common era, the street had to be built in the same year or just after that coin was minted,” according to SciTech Daily.
The street, which is about 0.37 miles (600 meters) long and approximately 26 feet (8 meters) wide, is paved with large stone slabs, as was customary throughout the Roman Empire.
The researchers estimated that around 10,000 tons of limestone were used for its construction. This has led them to suggest that Pilate might have had the street built to reduce tensions with the Jewish population, although they have not been able to answer this question with complete certainty.