Mystery as archaeologists discover 1,500-year-old pools and 'magnificent' fountain adorned with images of nymphs at ancient Christian site in Jerusalem

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Archaeologists in Jerusalem have unearthed a 1,500-year-old pool and fountain that could have been the site of one of Christianity's most storied baptisms.

The pool may have served as the site of a key story described in the New Testament, wherein St. Philip the Evangelist baptised and converted an Ethiopian man to Christianity, scientists say.

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It's not truly clear what the pool was used for, however.

The artifacts are part of Jerusalem's Ein Hanya, which is the second-largest spring in the Judean Hills.

Finding - Excavation - Pool - Byzantine - Period

'The most significant finding in the excavation is a large and impressive pool from the Byzantine period said Irina Zilberbod, the excavation director for the Israel Antiques Authority (IAA), according to Fox News.

'It's difficult to know what the pool was used for -- whether for irrigation, washing, landscaping or perhaps as part of baptismal ceremonies at the site,' Zilberbod said.

Archaeologists - Site - Public - Week

Archaeologists unearthed and excavated the site between 2012 and 2016, but it was only made available to the public earlier this week.

The IAA believes the pools date back to between the 4th and 6th centuries A.D.

Byzantine-era - Pool - Network - Channels - 'magnificent

The Byzantine-era pool drains into a network of channels that lead to a 'magnificent' nymphaeum, or fountain, that's adorned with images of nymphs.

Scientists say the fountain is the first of it's kind in Jerusalem.

Pool - Part - Estate - Time - First

The pool may have been a part of a royal estate built at the time of the First Temple era, which began some 3,000 years ago, according to the scientists.

A 2,400-year-old column discovered at the site may indicate that the grounds were used as a royal estate.

Pool - Center - Complex - Front

The pool served as the center of a 'spacious' complex in front of a...
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