Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Solomon's Pools damaged

CONSERVATION: Second Temple era archaeological site suffer serious damage. Visitors to Solomon's Pools report a part of one of the water reservoir's walls had collapsed; they urged the PA to either make the necessary repairs the site, which is located in Area A, or allow Israel to (Itay Blumenthal, Ynetnews).
Solomon’s Pools, a historic site built in the Gush Etzion region over 2,000 years ago during the time of the Second Temple, has been damaged, perhaps irreparably.

Visitors who documented the damage to the site, located in Area A, demanded that the Palestinian Authority work to fix it or otherwise allow Israel to restore it.

“This is the most impressive water area that was built in the common era,” explained tour guide Benjamin Tropper.

It is still unclear whether the archaeological site was damaged as a result of harsh weather conditions or due to neglect.

Other recent references to the Gush Etzion region are collected here. Solomon's Pools have been mentioned ealier here.