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Ancient Citadel of Judean King Unearthed by Israeli Archaeologists

A fortress used by the kings of Judah in the Eighth Century B.C.E., has been unearthed on a hill at Ramat Rachel, an Israeli settlement near the Jordanian border south of here, it was announced today by Dr. Yohanan Aharoni of the Government’s Department of Antiquities, who directed the excavations during the summer. The citadel is believed to have been the residence of King Uzziah.

The site was discovered last year, but identification of the ruins as a citadel of the kings of the Judean monarchy was made only recently, according to Dr. Aharoni. This was show, he said, by analysis of pottery and other artifacts found at the site.