Survey and excavations at Solomon’s Pools, Palestine: 2018 preliminary report

Citation:

Adams, Matthew J., Mark Letteney, and Max T. B. Peers. “Survey and excavations at Solomon’s Pools, Palestine: 2018 preliminary report.” Palestine Expedition Quarterly 151, no. 1 (2019): 15–35.
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Survey and excavations at Solomon’s Pools, Palestine: 2018 preliminary report

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2019

Abstract:

"Solomon's Pools" comprise three large, rectangular water reservoirs located 5 km southwest of Bethlehem, which are at the heart of an elaborate water collection and distribution system that provided water to Jerusalem for some 2000 years from the second century BCE through the period of the British Mandate. It is widely believed that the expansion of Jerusalem during the Hasmonean and Herodian periods was possible, in large part, due to the ready access to water provided by the system of which the pools are part; and yet, they have never been excavated. Mark Letteney (Princeton University, American Academy in Rome) and Matthew J. Adams (Director, the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research) offer a preliminary report on the first excavations at the site. We discuss the 2000-year architectural and technical history of the Pools as recorded in literary and archaeological material, and publicize for the first time a newly discovered subterranean spring-house complex that operates underneath the lowest, and oldest pool.

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