Access to Water
Passage to Pool Tower
A newly excavated passageway leads from the vertical shaft to the Pool Tower. Current research indicates that Jerusalem’s inhabitants would have traveled through the tunnel system and continued this way to the Pool Tower (instead of dropping a bucket down the vertical shaft).
The Pool Tower was one of two (also the Spring Tower) built by the Canaanite people living in Jerusalem about 1800 BC. These two massive towers fortified the city’s water system and allowed the Jerusalemites to safely access fresh water in times of siege. The Pool Tower guarded a pool (see below) which received water from a feeder tunnel from the Gihon Spring. Citizens would apparently retrieve water from a platform connected to this tower.
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Warren’s Shaft (GoIsrael.com) Details of the underground waterworks dating from the age of the kings of Judea.
Warren’s Shaft (The New Jerusalem Mosaic, Hebrew University) Gives a brief, simplified summary of the structure and history of Warren’s Shaft.
He Climbed Up the Waterspout (Apologetics Press) A conservative, but dated, perspective on the means of David’s conquering the city of Jebus.
Jerusalem – Water Systems of Biblical Times (Jewish Virtual Library) A scholarly article on the various water systems by archaeologist Hillel Geva.