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Middle Bronze Age Channel

Middle Bronze Age Channel

The “Middle Bronze Age II Channel” is not as well–known as Warren’s Shaft, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, nor the Pool of Siloam.  However, it may actually have been the portion of the water systems that was most in use during ancient times.

According to Reich and Shukron it was constructed around 1800 B.C.—during the MB IIB period —and continued in use until the 8th century B.C.!

It is about 1,000 ft. long [300 m.], leading from the Gihon Spring to a point near the Pool of Siloam.  Along the way it fed the recently rediscovered pool  (no images currently available) and especially the gardens in the Kidron Valley—via small outlets called “windows.”

In some places it is 15 ft. [4.5 m.] deep and varies from 1.5 to 3.0 ft. [0.5 to 1.0 m.] in width.  It is mainly a “channel” rather than a “tunnel”—for it was carved into the rock from above, rather than through the rock.  Its open top was filled with huge boulders.