|The 3,700-year-old wall is the oldest example of massive fortifications ever found in the city of Jerusalem. (Associated Press/Iaa)|
3,700-year-old wall found in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM - Archeologists digging in Jerusalem have uncovered a 3,700-year-old wall that is the oldest example of massive fortifications ever found in the city, the Israel Antiquities Authority said yesterday.
The 26-foot-high wall, which dates to the 17th century BC, when the city was a small, fortified enclave, is believed to have been part of a protected passage built by ancient Canaanites from a hilltop fortress to a spring that was the city’s only water source and vulnerable to marauders.