[Magazine] The Biblical Archaeologist. Vol. 51. No 3

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Note, however, that Simons incorrectly ascribedthe discovery of the gate to 1848. Waterresourcesunderthe Haram. Accompanied by the Effendiand his party,Barclayand his sons explored the substructures of the Haram. There they found a largewater reservoir, which Barclayconjecturedto be the "sea"referredto in the apocryphal book of Sirach (50:3)and Aristeas (Letterof Aristeas, 89; see Strutt 1985). With a circumference of 736 feet and a depth of 42 feet, the reservoir's estimated capacity was 2 million gallons of water.

Inin 1842 another explorer,Samuel the west. It is abovethe women's area side the gate, there was once a of the western wall, just over the Wolcott, succeeded and discovered which is now blocked vestibule its arched recesses in the rock abovethe room on into a that leads stairway the wall a a wall. Behind south side. Only a part of the lintel pas- water level. 5 by or leads one two is still visible. Some time after the feet deep at the time and flowed in sage through with ancient cisterns vaulted into corridor filled the was in, through a passage, but Wolcott had gate roofs which are situated under which it led was made into a cistern.

The motive for their business records or inventory docuexpeditions must largely have been ments have been discovered in either greed for plunder, and especially for area. The question of what sorts of captives who would be brought back to to products Egypt exported Syroslavery. The sight of Egyptian solPalestine is speculative (see Ward diery pillaging and laying waste their Ben-Tor It is land must have become familiar to 1964; relatively 1982). that commercial the Canaanites" (Drower and Bottero certain, however, relations were effected by sea trans1968: 45).

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