This road that existed in the time of Christ has been found recently in Israel littered with coins. The road was dug up by archaeologists and dates back to some 2,000 years ago.
The said road linked the Roman Empire to Jerusalem, and is nearly 1.5 km long and 20 ft wide – which opened to a common main highway known as the ‘Emperor’s Road’.
The mile long road is said to be littered with coins which were depicting Roman figureheads, involving the prefect Pontius Pilate, who’s infamous for his part in the Crucifixion of Jesus.
The said road once connected Roman settlements in Bet Guvrin and Jerusalem to a main highway, the Emperor’s Road.
The researchers who dug up the road from the Israel Antiquities Authority discovered the ancient road near the village of Mata following when the area was dug up to lay the system for a water pipeline to Jerusalem.
Irina Zilberbod, an archaeologist who looked upon the excavation, said: “The road that we discovered, which 2,000 years ago passed along a route similar to Highway 375 today, was apparently meant to link the Roman settlement that existed in the vicinity of Beit Natif with the main highway known as the “Emperor’s Road”.”
“That road was in fact a main artery that connected the large settlements of Eleutheropolis (Bet Guvrin) and Jerusalem.”
And when the researchers saw a milestone bearing the name of the emperor Hadrian found close by, clearly means that the road was constructed during his reign.
Emperor Hadrian, was interestingly known for his construction of walls around his great, enormous empire, including Hadrian’s wall in Carlisle.
Also, the ancient currency belonging to the Roman era were seen sticking out between the paving stones of the road.
Amongst the rocks, a coin which potrayed the prefect of Judea, Pontius Pilate dating back to 29AD and a coin from Year Two of the Great Jewish Revolt of 67AD were found.
Zilberbod further said: “Up until 2,000 years ago most of the roads in the country were actually improvised trails.