Martha Cooper, © National Geographic Society

Other underground structures at Sepphoris include a group of four connected chambers. Three of these chambers originally served as cisterns and have the characteristic bell-shaped form of a cistern; later they were used for dry storage. In this photo, an excavation team member is lowered by rope into Chamber 1. The hole in the wall at left is the entrance to Chamber 3, which contained the same early first-century A.D. pottery types found at the theater and in other structures at Sepphoris. One of the connected chambers (Chamber 2) was used only for dry storage, never as a cistern, as is evident from its shape and lack of plastering.