Fortress in Jerusalem – level 3

26-10-2017 15:00

Israeli archaeologists unearthed what they think is an ancient Greek fortress in Jerusalem, which archaeologists have been looking for for more than two centuries.

Historians say that the 250-metre-long and 60-metre-wide fortress is where rebels took back Jerusalem from the Greeks, a victory marked in the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

The debate over the location of the 2,000-year-old acra has seen many claims that it stood in Jerusalem’s Old City at spots like the Christian Church of the Holy Sepulchre near where Jewish temples also lay, but the most recently unearthed remains are outside the walls overlooking an area known as the City of David.

Difficult words: unearth (dig out of the ground), acra (a Greek fortress from a long time ago), claims (what people say and may be true)

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