Monday, September 9, 2013

2 bundles of gold treasure dug up near Temple Mount!

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 What the Hebrew University is calling the Menorah Treasure was shown to the public for the first time today.
It was discovered in the Ophel, in the circled part of my photo, outside the southeastern part of the Temple Mount wall.
With two clicks you can enlarge the picture a lot.


UPDATE:   Hebrew U. has just put up a video about the discovery!   
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYsjPFnmAmQ&feature=youtu.be

Woohoo!!   
Buried treasure found in Jerusalem announced today!!
OMG, it is so beautiful!
And 1,400 years old! 
See the gold at 
and also  http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-1.545965

I just wonder how archaeologist Eilat Mazar and the dig volunteers were able to keep it secret since April, when they discovered the treasure! 

(Linking to Our World Tuesday meme.)

17 comments:

Kathy said...

What a find! How very exciting!

Nonnie said...

what a spectacular find! thank you for sharing. Do they know how the medallions were used? as jewelry or money?

Dina said...

Nonnie, the 36 gold coins were coins, money. The medallion with the menorah on it is thought to have been an ornament for a Torah scroll.

Kay said...

Oh wow! This is so cool. The medallion was beautiful.

VP said...

Amazing find!

Gary Phillips said...

Wow is all I can say!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Kay L. Davies said...

This is fascinating, Dina. I enlarged your photo two clicks, then read the article with photos of the coins and medallion. I once took an introductory course in archaeology because I've always found this sort of thing fascinating, but I should have started studying it when I was of college age, not as something to do on my way to working an afternoon shift.
Thanks for sharing this amazing discovery with us. I hope the gold, and the professor and her crew, are all in safe places. That goes for you, too.
K

Dina said...

Kay Davies, I can tell you, there is nothing more exciting than doing archaeology in the field.
Thanks for your wishes but in the coming week there may BE no safe places anywhere in the Middle East.

Lew said...

Great shot of the city! And a wonderful discovery. I am always amazed at the construction they accomplished back in those days.

Amiko Pieris said...

wow..great!

Pietro Brosio said...

I like this fine wide view!

Petrea Burchard said...

I love archaeology, and how it connects us to ourselves in the past.

Adullamite said...

Super stuff!

N Buckles said...

I am always amazed that there are still treasures still to be discovered.

Electra said...

This is a wonderful shot and such wonderful news!

Hilda said...

Oh my, the intricacy of the medallion is just amazing. Stunning piece.

Louisette said...

Wonderfull foto, greeting from Belgium