Ancient Roman Road Found Near Tiverya

By Hamodia Staff

A section of an 1,800-year-old Roman road in northern Israel. (Israel Antiquities Authority)

YERUSHALAYIM — An ancient Roman road estimated to be 1,800 years old, has been discovered near the city of Tiverya, Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Sunday.

The road, thought to have been built under the emperor Hadrian, was dubbed by the IAA “the Highway 6 of the ancient world,” referring to present-day Israel’s major north-to-south highway.

The section of the road that was uncovered is 26 feet wide and 82 feet long, was found near the village of Rumat al-Heib, about 12 miles west of Tiverya. It was discovered during development work on a walking trail.

The IAA said the road – which runs between Acre, Tsippori and Tiverya, was constructed in the 2nd century, during Hadrian’s rule, though only completed by his successors and later renovated in the Byzantine period.

During excavation, pottery fragments from the Roman and Byzantine periods were found, as well as metal items and coins dating back to the Roman period, the IAA said.

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