• ARCHEOLOGY \ Dec 22, 2009
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    Uncovering first Jesus-era house in Nazareth
Uncovering first Jesus-era house in Nazareth

Alexandre told reporters that archeologists also found clay and chalk vessels used by Galilean Jews of the time - an indication the home belonged to a simple Jewish family.

"It was likely Jesus and his childhood friends would have known the house," said Alexandre.

"From the little written evidence available we know that first century Nazareth AD was a small Jewish village located in a valley," Alexandre said, adding that "until now a few Jesus-era graves were revealed, but never have we unearthed the remains of contemporary residences."

A pit made in the rock was also found, the entrance to which was likely hidden, in which contemporary clay work was found. Alexandre estimated that the pit was made as part of the Jews' preparations ahead of the Great Rebellion against the Romans, in 67 C.E.