Saturday, September 8, 2012

Archaeology evening, Part 2

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Here is one of the guides who explained the Givati Parking Lot excavations on Thursday, as part of the 13th annual City of David conference.
He is showing the buried treasure that was found there in recent years.
Like the hoard of 264 gold coins, never used, in mint condition, dated to 613 CE, worth over half a million dollars today!

A British woman volunteer found the money in the wall of this Byzantine building.
This dig in the Arab village of Silwan, right next to the Old City, is the biggest on-going excavation in Israel.

The other items in the guide's photo are a tile with the stamp of the Roman Tenth Legion and a 2,000 year old earring of gold, pearl, and emerald.
Got $180 (less a holiday discount)? --You, too, can buy a pair of earrings, replicas of this beautiful Roman Period find.
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7 comments:

Hels said...

Now here is something that would really be worth going to - the annual City of David conference. Alas I can only travel during our winter holidays i.e July

Petrea Burchard said...

I know Jerusalem means many things to many people. For me, the history and archaeology hold the deepest meanings.

RuneE said...

Nice to have literally struck gold!

crystal said...

I've seen some old places, like Delphi, but I'vr never been to a dig before. So interesting!

Anonymous said...

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VP said...

The legendary Tenth Legion...

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