Seventh-century treasures discovered at Temple Mount
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Gold and silver coins and jewelry dated from the seventh century were discovered during an excavation at the foot of the Temple Mount, Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers said.
The discovery of the two bundles of treasure at the Temple Mount’s southern wall, at the Ophel excavation site, was announced Sept. 9.
The artifacts date to the late Byzantine period, or early seventh century C.E.
Eilat Mazar, a Hebrew University archaeologist, made the find during summer excavations and called it “a breath-taking, once-in-a-lifetime discovery.” Mazar believes the bundles were abandoned during the Persian conquest of Jerusalem in 614 C.E.
They include 36 gold coins, gold and silver jewelry, and a gold medallion etched with the Temple Menorah, shofar and Torah scroll. The medallion likely was a Torah scroll ornament. — jta
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