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Ancient Greek fortress of Acra discovered

By T.K. Randall
November 4, 2015 · Comment icon 5 comments

A reconstruction of ancient Jerusalem. Image Credit: CC-BY SA 2.5 Vodnik
Archaeologists have unearthed the ancient citadel underneath a car park in the city of Jerusalem.
Built by King Antiochus IV of Greece in the year 168 BC, the Seleucid Acra was an impressive stronghold used by the Greeks to control the Temple Mount all the way up until 141 BC.

Its exact whereabouts had long remained something of a mystery but now, following years of excavations at the Givati Parking Lot dig site in Jerusalem, its location has finally been found.

"This sensational discovery allows us for the first time to reconstruct the layout of the settlement in the city, on the eve of the Maccabean uprising in 167 BCE," the Israel Antiquities Authority wrote.

"The new archaeological finds indicate the establishment of a well-fortified stronghold that was constructed on the high bedrock cliff overlooking the steep slopes of the City of David hill."

Although only portions of the original fortress walls remain, archaeologists are hoping to piece together a complete picture of how it might have appeared more than 2,000 years ago.

Source: UPI.com | Comments (5)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Dark_Grey 8 years ago
How big was a "big city" back then? A few thousand people? A million? How dense you can make a walled city?
Comment icon #2 Posted by glorybebe 8 years ago
I wonder how many more sites are just under buildings or parking lots. So much history covered up.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Athena1979 8 years ago
If I could time travel, I would only love or care to see these ancient sites and take some pictures of the cities. Oh...and find out why they built Stonehenge.
Comment icon #4 Posted by highdesert50 8 years ago
Rather than haul away the rubble of demolition, simply build upon the ruins. Interesting how cities are built upon cites -- a "book" of natural and cultural history contained in stratigraphical layers.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Gingitsune 8 years ago
How big was a "big city" back then? A few thousand people? A million? How dense you can make a walled city? The first city to reach the 1 million mark was Rome (well at least in Europe/Middle East/North Africa, I'm not sure for the numbers for India and China), so it was definitely below 1 million. Probably into the hundreds of thousands.


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