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After five years of archaeological excavations, officials in Israel opened a nature park to the public at Ein Hanniya near Jerusalem and revealed for the first time artifacts that had been unearthed. A column capital similar to ones used in royal structures from the First Temple era was discovered, indicating the site may have been a royal estate in ancient times. A rare silver Greek drachma which was minted between 420 and 390 BC was also on display. The most impressive find was the system of Byzantine-era pools, which were built in an ancient church complex that once stood there. The pools, as well as coins, pottery and mosaic pieces, indicate the site reached its height of activity between the fourth and sixth centuries BC. Researchers believe that early Christian commentators identified Ein Hanniya as the site of the baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-40).

Off-site Links:

- https://www.timesofisrael.com/first-temple-era-relics-of-possible-royal-estate-found-in-jerusalem-hills/
- https://nypost.com/2018/02/01/mysterious-pool-found-near-ancient-jerusalem-church/
- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5341263/Byzantine-era-pools-fountain-uncovered-Israel.html

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