Archeologists have uncovered a new section of an 1,800-year-old Roman road in northern Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced.
In a Thursday statement, the IAA said the road section, measuring some 8 meters (26 feet) wide and 25 meters (82 feet) long, was found near the village of Rumat al-Heib, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of the city of Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee. It was discovered during development work on a walking trail.
The IAA branded the road as “the Highway 6 of the ancient world,” referencing Israel’s major north-to-south highway.
It said the road, which runs between Acre, Sepphoris and Tiberias, was paved in the 2nd century AD during the reign of Roman emperor Hadrian. The road was completed by his successors and later renovated in the Byzantine period.
The Roman empire established several major roads in the area as part of a need to quickly move military forces, mail and goods, the IAA said.
During excavation work in the area of the new road section, pottery fragments from the Roman and Byzantine periods were found, as well as metal items and coins dating back to the Roman period, the IAA said.
The excavation works are part of the development works of the Sanhedrin Trail, a 70-kilometer (43-mile) walking path that passes between sites associated with the assembly of 71 sages of the ancient supreme court of Israel.