Archeologists in Gaza believe an ancient burial ground uncovered Friday due to massive rainfall, which hit Israel as well as the strip, was about 2,000-year-old, dating back to the Roman era, when the territory was part of the far-flung Roman Empire. But they say further tests are needed to determine the exact age.
Abdelkarim al-Kafarna, the Palestinian in whose home the burial ground was found, said he found a tomb consisting of nine burial holes with bones and some clay pots.
Al-Kafarna said he found it by accident after heavy rains this week unearthed parts of the underground chamber.
The Gaza Strip has been occupied for thousands of years by military forces seeking to cross from the northern part of the Middle East to its southern portions. The strip also connects the Sinai Peninsula and Egypt with modern day Israel, through which Syria and Mesopotamia can be reached.
It is precisely for this reason that several important military conflicts were waged in Gaza throughout history, and it has changed hands on numerous occasions.