Archaeologists believe the Roman weapons were acquired by Jewish rebels keen on freeing Judea from Roman rule. “The hiding of the swords and the [javelin] in deep cracks in the isolated cave … hints that the weapons were taken as booty from Roman soldiers or from the battlefield, and purposely hidden by the Judean rebels for reuse,” said Dr. Eitan Klein, one of the directors of the project. “Obviously, the rebels did not want to be caught by the Roman authorities carrying these weapons. We are just beginning the research on the cave and the weapon cache discovered in it, aiming to try to find out who owned the swords, and where, when, and by whom they were manufactured.” It’s possible the well-hidden weapons cache is connected to the Bar Kokhba Revolt of 132-135 A.D., one in a series of unsuccessful attempts to overthrow the Romans in the region. A bronze coin from the time of the revolt was found near the entrance to the cave, as well as other artifacts dating back to the Roman period and the Chalcolithic period, 6,000 years ago. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
🏺Major find in Israel’s Ein Gedi Reserve: 4 pristine Roman swords and a javelin head from ancient times. Discover more: https://t.co/6WH4Uqufza📷: Emil Aladjem/Israel Antiquities Authority pic.twitter.com/SJ3sF6zZKg — The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) September 6, 2023