While archaeologists working in Israel usually expect to come across objects from the biblical and talmudic eras, an excavation in the central part of the country uncovered something far more recent but still significant. Yori Yalon writes:
Remnants of a World War I battle between British and Turkish forces were discovered recently in an archaeological dig near [the city of] Rosh Ha’ayin. The findings, which include dozens of bullet casings, mortar shells, and military paraphernalia, were uncovered during an Israel Antiquities Authority dig carried out ahead of the paving of a road connecting Rosh Ha’ayin to the nearby Afek Industrial Park. . . .
The discovery that a battle had taken place at the site was made after a broken piece of insignia from a British beret was found. Bullets and casings from an Ottoman rifle were soon found nearby. . . .
Yossi Elisha, the director of the dig, [said], “These findings are evidence of one of the major battles that occurred in the land of Israel between British and Turkish forces in World War I.”
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