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Found: Gemstone carved with image of Alexander the Great

A miniature precious stone carved with the image of Alexander the Gerat has been found in Jerusalem.

Gilboa said the carved image shows a young and energetic face, with a sharp chin, straight nose and long curly hair held in a crown, the Web site said.

The gemstone was found in the remains of a large public building dating to the period from the death of Alexander in 323 B.C. to the final conquest of Greece by the Romans in 146 B.C., and was authenticated by Jessica Nitschke of Georgetown University in Washington and Andrew Stewart of the University of California at Berkeley, the Web site said.

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