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>> The unearthing of a long buried theater deep under one of Judaism's holiest sites, a 200 seats curved stone structure dating back to the second century, stumbled upon accidentally by archaeologists working below Jerusalem's Western wall. It is the first such Roman era find in the city, and Reuters correspondent Rinat Harash says it corresponds with what's described in various historical writings.
>> Until now, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority there have been many theories about the locations of such buildings and excavators have been searching for them for the past 150 years, but nothing relevant was found until now.>> Archaeologists have labeled the find exceptional, and believe it tells us about the importance of Jerusalem as a Roman colony.
>> The researchers think it was intended to be used as a site for acoustic performances or as a meeting place for the Roman city council. But there's a theory, that it was never used at all because there's evidence suggesting that construction was abruptly halted perhaps due to a significant historical event such as the second Jewish revolt against the Romans.
>> At ground level at a site known to the Jew as the Temple Mount, and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. The design was also likely to have been in use during Jesus' time, and is expected to shed light on Roman gatherings thousands of years ago.