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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