Uncovering a Treasure
Archaeologists uncovered about 140 gold and silver coins along with gold jewelry in a pit in the courtyard of an exposed building dating to the Roman and Byzantine period.
A wealthy woman likely stashed the hoard of coins and jewelry in the pit due to the impending danger of the Bar Kokhba Revolt, the researchers suggest.
Among the treasures, the scientists found a gold earring crafted in the shape of a flower.
The gold earring.
Among the treasure is a ring holding a precious stone that is covered with a seal of a winged goddess.
"This is probably an emergency cache that was concealed at the time of impending danger by a wealthy woman who wrapped her jewelry and money in a cloth and hid them deep in the ground prior to or during the Bar Kokhba Revolt," said archaeologist Sa'ar Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority. "It is now clear that the owner of the hoard never returned to claim it."
A close-up of the winged-goddess ring.
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