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Coins and Dice Found in Sussita’s Sewer System

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Sussita Hellenistic SewerGALILEE, ISRAEL—Archaeologists digging at Sussita, the ancient city of Antiochia Hippos, had been investigating a channel that passed underneath the floor of the city’s public bathhouse when they discovered a modern bottlecap in its 2,000-year-old sewer system. Michael Eisenberg, head of the excavation team, says that the bottle cap indicates that the channel is still functional and can carry rainwater even though the city had been destroyed by an earthquake. The team is still looking for a public toilet and the sewer’s upper opening. Other finds in the sewer system include bronze coins damaged from exposure to urine and ten bone dice. Eisenberg thinks that visitors to the public toilet probably enjoyed gambling.