Ancient Water Cisterns

The underground room has been identified as a water cistern by Dr Ahmed Rjoob, who visited the site on 8 October 1014. He says this was an industrial area in Edomite times, under Roman and Byzantine rule. The wine presses are an important part of Hebron history when Christian wine making was an important export from the Holy Land and much prized. Both the water tanks show signs of having had arches and roofs over them

A third Edomite water cistern has been found on the Abu Haikal cherry orchard (plot 53) according to Dr Ahmed Rjoob, who visited the site on 8 October 2014:

These stairs were blocked by an old buried wall which Israel Antiquities workers have removed. They lead up to the ramp which goes through the Canaanite wall into the fortified town:

At the bottom of the stairs are 2 underground rooms one on either side:

Second Edomite ritual bath fenced in front of picture with first fenced behind it:

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