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Tomb of Maccabee Period Unearthel Near Jerusalem

October 31, 1923
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Arab laborers excavating near the River Kidron on the outskirts of Jerusalem, unearthed a tomb containing four caskets which archaeologists declare contain the remains of Jewish priests in the Maccabee or Hasmeniac period. The Hebrew inscriptions on the caskets were deciphered as Eliezer, Joshua, Simeon and Shalom-Zion.

Officials of the National Council of Palestine Jews and of the Chief Rabbinate are arranging official reinternment of the remains, simultaneously petitioning the Government to permit the removal of the caskets to the Jewish Archaeological Museum.

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