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(15 Sep 2009 14:14 GMT) - A rare and surprising archaeological discovery at Tel Dor: A gemstone engraved with the portrait of Alexander the Great was uncovered during excavations by an archaeological team directed by Dr Ayelet Gilboa of the University of Haifa and Dr Ilan Sharon of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 'Despite its miniature dimensions - the stone is less than a centimetre high and its width is less than half a centimetre - the engraver was able to depict the bust of Alexander on the gem without omitting any of the ruler's characteristics' notes Dr Gilboa, Chair of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Haifa. 'The emperor is portrayed as young and forceful, with a strong chin, straight nose and long curly hair held in place by a diadem'…
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