Amos Kloner/Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums

A snug fit even for a small person. This burrow is typical of those that lace through the easily cut chalk at hundreds of underground installations in the foothills, west of the central mountain ridge in Israel. Connecting passages between rooms, or entrance tunnels from the outside, the burrows gave protection to the Jewish rebels while presenting a formidable obstacle to the armed Roman pursuers. The original closing stone of the burrow lies on the ground next to the man.