Archeologists discover footprint made by sandal of Roman soldier

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Archeologists have discovered a footprint made by the sandal of a Roman soldier – one of the few such finds in the world – in a wall surrounding the Hellenistic-Roman city of Sussita, east of Lake Kinneret.

The discovery of the print made by a hobnailed sandal, the kind used by the Roman legions during the time when Rome ruled the region, led to the presumption that legionnaires or former legionnaires participated in the construction of walls such as the one in which the footprint was found.

"We know that urban construction projects in Israel were run by the cities themselves, and the Roman imperial system wasn’t involved," said Professor Arthur Segal of Haifa University, who is heading the excavation.

Last year, the archeologists found an inscription written by two Sussita residents when they finished their Roman military service, leading to the theory that the sandal print may also have been left by someone who was no longer serving in the Roman army.

"It may be that the sandal owner whose markings we found was also not a soldier in active service, but a soldier who was released and still held onto his military equipment," said Segal.

Prior to this finding, the sandal prints of Roman legionnaires had been discovered only in Hadrian’s Wall in Britain. [continue, see photo]