National Geographic : 1960 Dec
until the Samaritans made it their principal city. Just before 100 B.C ., the author believes, the citadel fell for the last time, to a Judean army. Here Dr. Wright, whose Drew-McCormick Archeological Expedition has spent three years excavating the site, stands in the East Gate and points out a crumbling guardroom wall. Artifacts found in the ruins include a 4th-cen tury B.C. Persian seal impression (top, left) showing UALan umKt TrJACK MULLAAT, DREW-MCCORMICKEXPEDITION a hunter and the crosslike symbol of the Zoroas trian god Ahura-Mazda. A hoard of silver and silver alloy (center), including earrings, was lost or hidden during Joshua's era; it represents a citizen's currency, which he weighed on a scale to make a purchase. Oldest coin yet found in Palestine (lower) was struck by Greeks about 500 B.C. Says the author, "Note how some suspicious person struck the coin a blow to test its genuineness."