The vertebrae found in an ancient water tank system led archaeologists to the ruins of the massacre more than 2,000 years ago.
Archaeologists have found 20 mysterious vertebrae in an ancient water tank system at the Russian Complex in Jerusalem - Israel. According to Dr Yossi Nagar, anthropologist at the Israeli Antiquities Agency (IAA), who led the study, these bones belong to 20 victims who have been brutally beheaded by a sword.
The area excavated a series of remains - (photo: THE TIMES OF ISRAEL).
From those 20 bones, they continue to excavate and discover the remaining remains of 125 people, including men, women, children and even babies!
Comparing the previously collected documents, archaeologists believe that they have found real evidence of a brutal massacre described in the Dead Sea Scrolls - The Dead Sea Book.
are ancient scrolls found in dozens of caves in the Dead Sea area of Qumran with the main content of the Hebrew Bible , also the oldest ancient Bible in the world. This Bible contains many valuable historical documents.
The bones were carefully collected - (photo: THE TIMES OF ISRAEL).
Two members of the research team at the site - (photo: THE TIMES OF ISRAEL).
This massacre is believed to have occurred during the reign of Judean king and priest Alexander Jannaeus (103–76 BC). This is a period of bloody violence and power struggle.
Archaeological group is collecting remains in the mass grave - (photo: THE TIMES OF ISRAEL).
The Dead Sea book even said Father Jannaeus ordered the crucifixion of 800 political opponents and many other barbaric murders.
Two members of the research group, Kfir Arbiv and Tehillah Lieberman, said the excavated remains were consistent with the book's story: not only killing the enemy, the king and the ruthless priest also killed the whole family. family. The rest of a fetus shows that pregnant women are also not spared.
Another corner of the excavation area - (photo: THE TIMES OF ISRAEL)
The study has just been presented at the 12th Annual Meeting on new studies in Jerusalem archeology and the surrounding area.