Via Ancient Biblical Waterworks Found in Israel:
Archaeologists in Israel have unearthed an ancient water system which was modified by the conquering Persians to turn the desert into a paradise. The network of reservoirs, drain pipes, and underground tunnels served one of the grandest palaces in the biblical kingdom of Judea at a site discovered in 1954 at Kibbutz Ramat Rachel adjacent to Jerusalem.
Recent excavations unearthed nearly 70 square meters (750 square feet) of a unique water system. “They had found a huge palace …(dating) from the late Iron Age to the end of the biblical period in the 7th century,” said Oded Lipschits, a Tel Aviv University archaeologist.