Amos Kloner/Israel Dept. of Antiquities and Museums

High on the wall of a cistern at Horvat Beit Loya, a barrow opening draws the attention of a visitor. Doubtless, a ladder would have been dropped from the burrow opening in order to enter the cistern Now dry, as it was in the second century, this cistern, in secondary use during the revolt, might have served as a meeting or storage place. Cisterns became dry when water on the surface of the site was no longer diverted to them for storage.