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1,800-Year-Old Roman Legion Headquarters Unearthed
Forward ^ | Wednesday, July 03, 2013 | Eil Ashkenazi for Haaretz

Posted on 07/05/2013 10:04:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Israeli archaeologists have found ruins they believe are the site of one of the two Roman legions based in the country between 120 and 300 C.E.

Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Yotam Tepper had long suspected that the site in the Galilee was the base of the Legio Sexta Ferrata, the 6th Roman Legion, also known as the Ironclad Legion. The other legion in the country was the 10th, based in Jerusalem.

Over the past week, an expedition led by Tepper and archaeologist Matthew Adams found the base of a battery or wall, a moat surrounding the camp, water pipes, a covered sewage channel, coins and tiles. The legion's symbol adorned a broken shingle...

Excavations and surveys over the years found the locations of the Jewish village Othnai in the Megiddo Prison compound, and the Roman-Byzantine city of Maximianopolis near Kibbutz Megiddo. To find the legion camp, Tepper conducted field surveys and relied on surveys from the past...

Tepper and Adams analyzed an enhanced high-resolution satellite photo and could clearly make out the square marking the camp's boundaries; each side was around 250 meters long. A ground-penetrating radar scan provided further evidence. Student volunteers from the United States, Europe and Australia helped out..

According to Tepper, the chapel offered evidence of an ancient Christian community whose members included Roman officers. This was the period before Christianity was recognized as a religion, and well before it became Rome’s official religion. The chapel was apparently abandoned at the end of the third century.

Tepper believes the legion camp was also abandoned around that time. “You can see that the camp wasn't destroyed but was abandoned in an orderly way," he says. "From here they moved east across the Jordan River.”

(Excerpt) Read more at forward.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; letshavejerusalem; romanempire
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Ironclad Legion Ruled Region From Ancient Galillee Base

Ironclad Legion Ruled Region From Ancient Galillee Base

1 posted on 07/05/2013 10:04:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: NYer; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ..

2 posted on 07/05/2013 10:05:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Pardon my ignorance but is “C.E.” B.C. or A.D.?


3 posted on 07/05/2013 10:07:31 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If America is a nation of immigrants, where's my free stuff?)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Wouldn’t it be awesome if evidence to the Roman Centurian that was baptized in the bible could be unearthed.


4 posted on 07/05/2013 10:16:25 PM PDT by ping jockey
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To: FlingWingFlyer

**Pardon my ignorance but is “C.E.” B.C. or A.D.?***

I call it Christ Entered (CE) or Before Christ entered (BCE).


5 posted on 07/05/2013 10:17:52 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

“Common Era” is “Anno Domine.”

“BCE” is “Before Common Era.”


6 posted on 07/05/2013 10:18:35 PM PDT by agrarianlady
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To: FlingWingFlyer

A.D.


7 posted on 07/05/2013 10:18:56 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

It stands for “Common Era” That would be A.D...


8 posted on 07/05/2013 10:20:34 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: SunkenCiv

They found our base. Big deal. We abandoned that spit hole years ago.....


9 posted on 07/05/2013 10:20:41 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I believe that means Common Era or A.D. In order to be politically correct we can no longer define eras as BC or AD which would be a direct reference to Christ as historically presented.


10 posted on 07/05/2013 10:22:35 PM PDT by doc1019 (Get our troops the hell out of the ME)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I call it Christ Entered (CE) or Before Christ entered (BCE).


Way to go!


11 posted on 07/05/2013 10:24:13 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Vendome

All your Roman Legion base are belong to us. You have no chance, make your time!


12 posted on 07/05/2013 10:28:08 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: BigCinBigD; mass55th; agrarianlady; Ruy Dias de Bivar

Thanks all. I wasn’t being sarcastic. I just never have got a handle on this political correctness stuff.


13 posted on 07/05/2013 10:29:23 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If America is a nation of immigrants, where's my free stuff?)
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To: SunkenCiv

That’s an amazing find. Would love to be able to tour Israel for weeks.


14 posted on 07/05/2013 10:31:13 PM PDT by 1-Eagle (B.Franklin: "A Republic...if you can keep it." Let us all resolve to be Keepers!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Hey! Isn’t that an ancient Philistine Liberation Organization (PLO) short range projectile used by the HAMAS legion? :)launched at the Israelites?


15 posted on 07/05/2013 10:33:29 PM PDT by Netz
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Actually, Christian Era, and Before Christian Era are recognized.


16 posted on 07/05/2013 10:42:34 PM PDT by Yogafist
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To: Larry Lucido

Sweet! I wuz hoping sum 1 would say that tonight.

Watching “Team America: World Police”.

Still funny as hell.


17 posted on 07/05/2013 10:48:50 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: SunkenCiv

The guy in blue is saying, “If we glue it back together no will ever notice”.


18 posted on 07/05/2013 11:29:20 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: agrarianlady; Ruy Dias de Bivar

Silly me, I thought it was Christian Era.


19 posted on 07/05/2013 11:53:34 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: SunkenCiv

bookmark


20 posted on 07/05/2013 11:56:27 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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