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Sling stone from the Hasmonean period discovered in the southern Hebron Hills

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The engraved piece of ammo contains the name of Seleucid leader Diodotus Tryphon as well as an emblem of the Greek god Zeus; the discovery was made on the first night of Hannukah.


The military's Civil Administration's Archaeology Unit recently discovered a lead sling stone carrying the name of a Seleucid leader who fought against the Hasmoneans in the southern Hebron Hills of the West Bank.


While it was unknown when the object was discovered, the Civil Administration made it available to the media on Sunday, the first day of Hanukkah, which commemorates the Jewish victory over the Seleucid Empire during the Hasmonean period.


In Greek, the ammunition bore the name of Diodotus Tryphon, who ruled the Seleucid Empire between 142 and 138 BC.


According to the archaeology unit, it also bore an insignia of the Greek god Zeus.


The object was discovered near the Palestinian hamlet of Zif in Tel Zif.


"We continue to discover new artefacts that add to the rich history that occurred in the Judea and Samaria area hundreds and thousands of years ago," said Hananya Hezmi, Staff Officer of Archaeology of the Civil Administration of the Judea and Samaria Area.


"The Civil Administration will strive relentlessly to safeguard and expose the ancient sites, national treasures, and cultural assets throughout Judea and Samaria," he continued, referring to the biblical designation for the West Bank.

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