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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 

Treasures of the Hashmonaen

Some of the latest discoveries in excavations of ancient artifacts:
As Jews throughout the world celebrate the Hanukkah holiday, which commemorates the victory of the ancient Hasmoneans over the militarily superior Hellenists, the Israel Antiquities Authority recently disclosed that an important archaeological find was discovered in the Kiryat Yovel neighborhood of Jerusalem, including items dating back to the Hasmonean era — 140 B.C.E. to 116 B.C.E.

The IAA, which conducted the excavation, uncovered what appeared to be an agricultural farm that was occupied during the days when Jerusalem was under Hellenist rule. The site consists of several structures and facilities, as well as artifacts such as an ancient perfume container and a lead weight that were found in one of the structures.
Neat. So it's a happy Hanuka in archaeology too.

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