Ancient Roman-era tombs discovered in West Bank village
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Ancient Roman-era tombs discovered in West Bank village

Director of Palestinian antiquities department in Hebron says bones, pottery found among the graves carved into stone

Taleb Jubran, director of the department of tourism and antiquities in Hebron, points to an ancient burial site from the Roman-era which was discovered during construction of a new road in the southern West Bank village of Idna on August 16, 2018. (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)
Taleb Jubran, director of the department of tourism and antiquities in Hebron, points to an ancient burial site from the Roman-era which was discovered during construction of a new road in the southern West Bank village of Idna on August 16, 2018. (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)

IDNA, West Bank — A set of Roman-era tombs dating back some 2,000 years have been discovered near the West Bank city of Hebron during road works, an official said Thursday.

The cemetery dating to the first century AD, when the region was under Roman rule, was found in the Palestinian village of Idna in the southern West Bank around two weeks ago.

It was discovered during road work in mountainous terrain in the area, said Taleb Jubran, director of the department of tourism and antiquities in Hebron.

Bones, pottery and some 32 tombs set into stone were found. It was clear to archaeologists that artifacts had been stolen from the site before it was officially discovered, said Jubran.

“This discovery is very important for us to study it and to preserve it,” Jubran said.

Taleb Jubran, director of the department of tourism and antiquities in Hebron, shows pieces of bones and pottery found in an ancient burial site from the Roman-era which was discovered during construction of a new road in the southern West Bank village of Idna on August 16, 2018. (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)

The tombs were set out over a space of some 50 meters.

Officials also hoped to turn the site into a tourist attraction, while further study of it would continue to turn up details of what was found and its importance, he said.

A large number of remains from the Roman era can be found and visited in Israel and the West Bank as well as the region as a whole.

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