Israeli archeologists estimate that after years of excavating in the City of David in Jerusalem, they may have found the remains of the fortress that the Greeks used when ruling over the Temple more than 2,000 years ago.
Israeli Antiquities Authority archeologists claim that they may have discovered the ruins of the Acra – the fortress built by Antiochus IV Epiphanes to serve the Greeks when they ruled over the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago.
The archeologists also uncovered sling stones, arrowheads and ballista stones, which were used by the Hasmoneans in their attempts to seize control over the fortress.
In the upcoming Hanukkah, the site will be opened to the public. The Antiquities Authority stresses that the discovery solves one of the greatest archeological mysteries in Jerusalem’s history by revealing the whereabouts of Antiochus’ Acra, ten years after excavations in the area began.
“This sensational discovery enables us for the first time to recreate the reality in Jerusalem before the Maccabean Revolt,” Dr. Doron Ben Ami, one of the excavation directors stated.