The so-called “Western Wall tunnels” still have much to reveal.
The archaeologists did find ceramic fragments and coins. But they also stumbled into something unexpected: the remains of a Roman theater big enough to accommodate 200 spectators.
Because of its size (and location, under an arch) the structure is not technically a theater, but rather an “odeon.” As Alok Bannerjee explains, because of its acoustic features, an odeon would be the perfect place for “singing exercises, musical shows, and even poetry competitions.” There’s also the possibility that the place was rather used as a “bouleterion,” the meeting place of the city council. But it might also be the case that the structure was never used at all: The excavations have revealed the building was never completed, possibly because the Third Jewish-Roman war (132-136) made it impossible.
Read more here, and watch the video below to see the archaeologists at work!
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