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Roman-era swords belonging to Jewish rebels found in Israeli desert

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Roman-era swords belonging to Jewish rebels found in Israeli desert

The swords date from Roman times, 1,900 years ago - AFP
The swords date from Roman times, 1,900 years ago – AFP

A trove of ancient artifacts, including four well-preserved swords with wooden and leather scabbards, have been discovered in a remote cave in the Israeli desert.

Archaeologists believe these items may have belonged to Jewish rebels who revolted against Roman rule.

The design of three of these swords closely resembles Roman spatha swords, while the fourth features a ring pommel hilt that aligns with the historical period.

Additionally, the find includes a Roman spear with a “pilum” handle. This cave, located overlooking the Dead Sea, served as a sanctuary for Jewish insurgents who opposed Roman rule from the first century BC to the second century AD.

At the entrance of the cave, a coin dating from the time of the Bar Kokhba revolt (132-135 AD) was also found.

Eitan Klein, an archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), noted that the deliberate concealment of these weapons in deep crevices in the cave suggests that they were likely taken as loot by Roman soldiers or obtained on the battlefield.

This act was probably an attempt to avoid detection by the Roman authorities, as the rebels did not want to be caught with these weapons.

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