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Special Hanukkah Discovery

First ever discovery of Hasmonean period building in Jerusalem uncovered in archaeological excavations in the City of David. Josephus wrote about Jerusalem in the Hasmonean period, but this marks the first discovery of original structural remains from this period in the city’s history.  
In recent months, remains of an impressive building from the Hasmonean period (second century BCE) have been unearthed in excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority is directing in the Givati Parking Lot, located in the City of David. 
The building’s broad walls (more than one meter thick) are made of roughly hewn limestone blocks that were arranged as headers and stretchers, a construction method characteristic of the Hasmonean period.
Although numerous pottery vessels were discovered inside the building, it was mainly the coins that surprised the researchers. These indicated that the structure was erected in the early second century BCE and its construction continued into the Hasmonean period, during which time significant changes were made to it.
According to Dr. Doron Ben Ami and Yana Tchekhanovets, the excavation directors on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, “[t]he importance of this discovery is primarily due to the conspicuous paucity of buildings from the Hasmonean city of Jerusalem in archaeological research, despite the many excavations that have been conducted to date. Apart from several remains of the city’s fortifications that were discovered in different parts of Jerusalem, as well as pottery and other small finds, none of the Hasmonean city’s buildings have been uncovered so far, and this discovery bridges a certain gap in Jerusalem’s settlement sequence. The Hasmonean city - which is well-known to us from the historical descriptions that appear in the works of Josephus - has suddenly acquired tangible expression.”   
The discovery of the Hasmonean period building adds yet another exciting element to the archeological layers found within the Givati Parking Lot Excavation. The excavation has revealed the remains of civilizations from the First and Second Temple period through the Roman, Byzantine, and early Ottoman periods, creating a portrait of life in Jerusalem throughout the ages. 
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