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The light at the end of the 70m long flat tunnel is modern, in ancient times the spring at the base of the hill was (as we will see) closed in and hidden from sight by earth and rocks. It was opened in the 20th century by archarologists uncovering the Iron Age water system. The wooden walkway is also modern. Someone carrying a pot of water from the spring would have had to stoop, though on the outward journey they would have been able to stand upright, so perhaps a yoke was used to allow two pots to be suspended from the person's shoulders. This would just be possible given the width of the tunnel.


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