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Seleucid fortress destroyed by Hasmonean army revealed ahead of Hanukkah

Some 2,100 years ago, the Hasmonean army was marching toward the Hellenistic city of Maresha in Israel’s Shephelah region, also known as the Judean foothills. Leading them was John Hyrcanus, a high priest and the ruler of Judea, a nephew of the Hanukkah hero Judah Maccabee, who a few decades earlier had led the victorious revolt against the Seleucids in the region.

The Judean army was first spotted by Seleucid soldiers stationed in a fortress on a hill overlooking the city.

Some two millennia later, the structure was uncovered in an archaeological excavation – a unique testimony to the conflict that raged through the land of Israel in the second century BCE – just ahead of Hanukkah, the Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced on Tuesday.

From an article in the Jerusalem Post

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