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Israel Hellenistic Fortress Discovery: Israeli Archaeologists Unearth 2100 Year Old Hellenistic Fortress Tangible Evidence Of Hanukkah Story

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Israel Hellenistic Fortress Discovery: Israeli Archaeologists Unearth 2100 Year Old Hellenistic Fortress Tangible Evidence Of Hanukkah Story

Highlights

  • Archaeologists in Israel have found a Greek fort which is 2100 years old
  • Weapons, burnt wooden beams and dozens of coins have also been found in this ancient fort.
  • This is an evidence of the battle between the Hasmoneans and the Seleucids near Maresha

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Archaeologists in Israel have found a Greek fort which is about 2100 years old. Weapons, burnt wooden beams and dozens of coins have also been found in this fort. It is believed to be a strong evidence of the war between the Hasmoneans and the Seleucids near Maresha in 112 BC. At that time Mareshah was the largest Greek city in the Lachish region.

This Greek fort is 49 feet wide and 49 feet long. This fort had two floors and seven rooms. There was also a staircase in it which was 16.4 feet high. Its outer wall was 10 feet wide. It was made of huge stones. Slopes were made on this wall so that no one could cross this wall quickly. With the help of this fort, the city of Maresha was monitored. Maresha was the capital of Idumea during the Greek period.
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This fort was on a hilltop, from which the main road of ancient times was easily monitored. Dr. Saar Ganor, the archaeologist who discovered this fort, said that important evidence has been found about the stories of Hanukkah from this excavation site. He said that it seems that we have discovered the fort built by the army commanders to protect the Greek city of Maresa from the attack of the Hasmoneans.

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Dr. Saar said that the evidence found from the fort shows that this attempt of the Greek army failed. The excavated buildings have been badly burnt and destroyed after the attack of the Hasmoneans. Archaeologists have found a thick layer of destruction during the excavation. This layer is 1.6 feet thick and is found under huge stones. These stones had fallen from the upper part of the building. Iron weapons, burnt beams and dozens of coins from the 2nd century BC have been found from this layer.

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