Just in time for Hanukkah, the Israel Antiquities Authority excavation in the
Kiryat Yovel neighborhood of Jerusalem uncovered remains of a farm from the
Hasmonean period between the 4th century BCE and the 1st century CE.
Archaeologists discovered a perfume bottle and a lead weight among the ruins of
a working farm.
According to excavation director Daniel Ein Mor, "Little is known about the culture and history of the people of Jerusalem and the surrounding countryside [in the period superseding] the Maccabean Revolt."
Therefore, he continued, the discovery of the site will allow archaeologists to gain an understanding of the form of settlement at the time.