Todd Bolen/

HEBRON’S EASTERN MIKVEH included a large rectangular pool with 14 steps descending to the lower pool. Both the walls and stairs of the mikveh were coated with several layers of plaster, which gave them a rounded, smooth finish. The steps of the mikveh widened and increased in height as they neared the bottom; the larger lower steps usually would have been under the water. Two separation walls divided the steps into three lanes. This type of mikveh is unusual and may indicate an aim to separate people with different degrees of impurity using the ritual bath.