Greek fortress discovered in Israel dating back 2,100 years

Greek fortress discovered in Israel dating back 2,100 years

Israeli archaeologists revealed Tuesday, November 16, the ruins of an ancient fortified Greek building dating back about 2,100 years.destroyedDuring the Maccabean revolt, the Jews in Judea revolted against the Seleucid dynasty.

Excavations revealed a building measuring 15 by 15 meters, with stone walls less than 3 meters high, surrounding a building about five meters high and divided into seven rooms, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Archaeologists immediately discovered weapons, charred wooden beams and dozens of ancient coins at the same location on a hill in the Lachish Forest, about sixty kilometers south of Jerusalem.

“It seems that we discovered a building that was part of a series of fortifications which the leaders of the Greek army, in order to protect the great Greek city of Maresha from an attack by the Hasmoneans, had set up.In a joint statement, the directors of the excavations said, “The Dynasties of Judea.

However, discoveries at the site show that the defense of the Seleucids (a Greek dynasty that then ruled over much of the Middle East) was not successful. The Hasmoneans burned the building and destroyed it., they add.
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The Maccabean Revolt led to the capture of Jerusalem, the re-establishment of Jewish worship in the Temple in Jerusalem, and the Hasmonean dynasty that ruled Judea until about 40 BC. However, a return to Jewish rituals inside the Temple, the most sacred place in Judaism, is rightly celebrated on the Jewish feast of Hanukkah.

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Archaeological research remains a sensitive topic in Israel and the Palestinian Territories where the results of works are sometimes used by associations or parties to base their claims on places of memory, disputed lands, or ancient stories.

On Tuesday, Israeli Construction Minister Ze’ev Elkin welcomed the impressive results, which “prove” the Hanukkah story.

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