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Thursday, November 5

Archaeological Site of Mycenae : Ancient Mystery Solved - Greek Citadel Unearthed in Israel

JERUSALEM, Israel --  Earlier this week Israeli archaeologists announced one of the most important discoveries in history. 
For more than a hundred years, Israeli archaeologists have searched for the Greek fortress, known as Akra, from the time of the Maccabees, around 200 BC. Now they say they've found it.
The discovery answers a perplexing question about the ancient city of Jerusalem -- a question that Israeli archeaelogists have been digging for for nearly a decade.
  
"We can now be more than positive we are facing part of the stronghold that used to house the upper part of the city of David in the time of Antiochus IV," Doron Ben-Ami, of the Israel Antiquities Authority, said.

Antiochus IV built the nearly 60-foot tall fortress in order to control Jerusalem. It also included a large ramp known as a Glasies.  After he defiled the Jewish temple, the Macabees, also known as the Hasmoneans, revolted.
The excavation shows evidence of that revolt, including artifacts such as arrowheads with the inscriptions of Antiochus and sling stones. The discovery confirms the accounts of the historian Josephus and the book of Maccabees. 
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