Byzantine bathhouse found in Israel

Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority report that a 5th century Byzantine bathhouse has been discovered in Zikhron Ya‘aqov, Israel. The "magnificent" structure is well-preserved and believed to have belonged to a private residence. (photo)

The 20 x 20 meter bathhouse "includes cold water pools (frigidaria), bathtubs, a heated room (caldarium – similar to a modern sauna), a warm room (tepidarium), and a furnace (praefurnium) from which hot air flowed beneath the floors of the cauldarium and tepidarium."