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The breaching point – Above the Roman siege ramp the perimeter wall
is missing where it was destroyed during the assault. In the Hebrew month of
Nissan, in the spring of 73 or 74 CE, the Romans raised a tower high enough
to overlook the wall and bombarded the area, as attested to by the ballista
balls and arrowheads discovered in the excavation. The rebels defended
themselves by rolling down large stones on the Romans. After the Romans
destroyed the perimeter wall, they burned the wood-and-earth wall the rebels
had built to shore it up. Thus, the siege came to an end. From the restored
tower you can see the siege wall and the Roman camps at the base of
Masada, among them camp F, the camp of the siege's commander.
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