An archaeological mission is believed to have found the fortress of Antiochus Epiphanes, besieged by the Maccabees.
The fortress of Acra, built by Antiochus Epiphanes to control Jerusalem after plundering it in 168 BC, ended up taken and destroyed by Simon Maccabeus after a long siege.
Although many archaeologists have speculated about the location of this fortress, no mission was able to find its exact location until January 8, 2015, when Doron Ben-Ami, Yana Tchekhanovets and Salom Cohen, the directors of the excavation, found some coins — coined in times of Antiochus — in an embankment that gave signs of having housed a military building.
Mysteries hidden under a parking lot
The excavation work unearthed an architectural complex 228 meters long and 36 meters wide, beneath the Givati parking lot in the City of David, Jerusalem.
This finding will allow, for the first time, the reconstruction of the urban design of Jerusalem exactly as it was before the Maccabean rebellion, which was impossible to do before now.
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