JERUSALEM — Archaeologists said that they have unearthed a section of a stone street in Jerusalem that provides important new evidence about the city’s commercial life 1,500 years ago.
The 19-foot (5.8-meter) section of street passes from the west into the centre of Jerusalem’s Old City, coming to a stop at a large cistern that supplied water to the city’s residents. Pottery, coins and bronze weights used to measure precious metals from Byzantine times were also found at the site.
Working from a historic map, archaeologists three months ago uncovered covered the section of street 14 feet (4.3 meters) below the current street level.
The map, taken from a Byzantine-era church in Madaba, Jordan, shows the locations of major streets and the Christian sites in the city, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site where the faithful believe Jesus was buried.