Archaeologists found a 2,000-year-old Roman road during a routine survey of a construction site in modern-day Israel. The road is wide — about 20 feet (6 meters) from edge to edge — and roughly 1 mile (1.5 kilometers) long. The stone-paved road is near Israel's Highway 375, and runs near the Israel National Trail.
The excavators also found four coins between the road's paved stones, including one with the face of Pontius Pilate, the prefect of Judea, dating to A.D. 29, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said. [Read the full story on the newly discovered Roman road and coins]
Rome built roads, such as this one, to help its military to swiftly patrol the empire. These roads also facilitated trade.
Walking the road
The excavation director, Irina Zilberbod, stands on the ancient road.
Volunteers excavate the ancient Roman road.
Prior to the Roman period, roads in what is now modern-day Israel were more like improvised trails.
Students volunteered their time to participate in the dig, the IAA reported.
The four ancient coins that volunteers and archaeologists recovered during the excavation.
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