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The Shimshoni family was doing a little spring cleaning when they found a 2,000-year-old ritual bath under their living room floor, the Times of Israel reported.

The Shimshoni family was doing a little spring cleaning when they found a 2,000-year-old ritual bath under their living room floor, the Times of Israel reported.

Archaeologist Amit Reem said this bath may have belonged to a first century Jewish village family that used the bath for “ritual purity," which includes practices similar to baptism in modern religions.

Reem said the bath is a "significant find" because it’s evidence that there was a Jewish community in the Ein Kerem village, which many believed to also be the “town in the hill country of Judea” — the birthplace of John the Baptist, the Times of Israel reported.

“Finding antiquities under a private home or public building only happens in Israel, and in Jerusalem particularly,” Reem said. “Every time it’s thrilling anew.”

Take a look at the bath in the slideshow below:

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