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Farm from Maccabean period found

JERUSALEM, Dec. 11 (JTA) — Israeli archaeologists said this week that excavations at Modi’in had uncovered a farm dating back to the Hasmonean period. Modi’in, a central location in the events celebrated at Chanukah, was where the Maccabean revolt broke out against the Syrians in the second century BCE. The archaeologists said that pottery shards, remnants of an oil press and a tower were found on the farm, which they dated to the time of the revolt.