In the course of expanding highway No. 38 at the entrance to Ramat Beit Shemesh specialists of the Department of antiquities discovered a complex water supply system, Dating from the period of Ottoman rule. Excavations were conducted with the participation of the students training to military service.
Its Foundation was stone lined well with a diameter of 3.5 meters. He served for collecting soil water. Here they do not reach the earth’s surface is only two meters. Connected to the underground room unique to the Judea and Samaria construction. It is assumed that it served as a cistern to collect excess water.
«Highway 38, which connects the Western guy with Beit Gavrina, is one of the main arteries running North to South. The road here took place all over the history that led to the emergence of villages, agricultural plantations, monasteries and hostelries. And the locals, and the travelers needed water,» — said the head of the excavation Michal Haber.
For the highway really has discovered a lot of wells, Dating from different historical epochs. The value of the latest finds will be forced to change the route of the new stretch of highway – the only way to save the water supply system.