Archeology: remains of Acra fortress discovered in Jerusalem

Used by the Greeks to control access to the Temple

05 November, 14:20

    Epiphanes stronghold found in Jerusalem Epiphanes stronghold found in Jerusalem

     - TEL AVIV - Israeli researchers believe they have discovered the remains of the fortress of Acra, built by Antiochus IV (215-164, before Christ), a forification the Greeks employed to control the Temple of Jerusalem more than 2,000 years ago.

    Slingshot stones, arrowheads and crossbows were also found on sight and are proof of the attempts made by the Hasmonean dynasty to conquer the fortress and liberate it from Greek control as subsequently happened. According to archaeologists, through the discovery, which finally locates the fortress, one of the most intractable misteries of Jerusalem, may have been uncovered.

    Several attempts to solve the riddle, carried out in the past 100 years, all proved unsuccessful because of the scarcity of Greek architectural remains in Jerusalem, but the new excavation represents a great leap forward.

    "This sensational discovery - said the directors of the excavation project Doron Ben-Ami,Yana Tchekhanovets and Salome Cohen - allows us to reconstruct the map of the settlments in the city at the beginning of the Maccabean revolt in 167 BC.

    The fortress controlled all access routes to the Temple above Temple Mount and cut off the ones through the southern flank of the city".

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