Skip to comments.Unique Gold Earring Found in Intriguing Collection of Ancient Jewelry at Tel Megiddo
Posted on 05/22/2012 1:57:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Researchers from Tel Aviv University have recently discovered a collection of gold and silver jewelry, dated from around 1100 B.C., hidden in a vessel at the archaeological site of Tel Megiddo in the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel. One piece -- a gold earring decorated with molded ibexes, or wild goats -- is "without parallel," they believe.
According to Prof. Israel Finkelstein of TAU's Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures, the vessel was found in 2010, but remained uncleaned while awaiting a molecular analysis of its content. When they were finally able to wash out the dirt, pieces of jewelry, including a ring, earrings, and beads, flooded from the vessel...
The researchers believe that the collection, which was discovered in the remains of a private home in the northern part of Megiddo, belongs to a time period called "Iron I," and that at least some of the pieces could have originated in nearby Egypt. Some of the materials and designs featured in the jewelry, including beads made from carnelian stone, are consistent with Egyptian designs from the same period, notes Ph.D. candidate Eran Arie, who supervises the area where the hoard was found...
The assortment of jewelry is also out of the ordinary, notes Arie. Though the collection includes a number of lunette (moon-shaped) earrings of common Canaanite origin, researchers found an abundance of gold items in the collection and a number of beads made from carnelian, which was frequently used in the making of Egyptian jewellery in the same period. This points to a strong Egyptian connection, whether in influence or origin...
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Hoard of gold and silver jewelry hidden for thousands of years could have Egyptian origin, say TAU researchers
Theses for the Reconstruction of Ancient History
From the End of the Middle Kingdom In Egypt to the Advent of Alexander The Great
by Immanuel Velikovsky
64. The list of the Palestinian cities inscribed by Thutmose III in Karnak comprises the names of the cities of Rehoboam in his fifth year. The city-fortresses built or fortified by Rehoboam, Etam, Beth-Zur, Shocco, Gath, Ziph, and Adoraim, can be identified in their Egyptian transcription.
65. The chief fortress besieged and captured before the Pharaoh came to Jerusalem, was Megiddo. Megiddo was defended by Rehoboam personally, and he eluded captivity when the fortress fell.
66. The city Kadesh, the most important among the Palestinian cities, and the first in the list of Thutmose III, is Jerusalem.
67. The submission of Rehoboam and the princes of the land, and their “becoming servants” to the Pharaoh is described in the annals of Thutmose III.
68. The vessels and furniture of the Temple of Solomon sacked by Thutmose III, are pictured on a bas-relief of Karnak. They can be seen in detail: altars, tables, candlesticks, etc.
69. The ornaments of “a crown of gold round about”, “buds among flowers” and “lily-work” described in the Scriptures, are shown on the bas-relief.
70. The showbreads had a conical form. The candlesticks had three branches on either side of the stem, or seven branches [altogether]. The fountains for perfume were vessels ornamented with figures of animals.
71. The copper covered doors and chains of gold were actual features of the Temple of Solomon.
72. Golden chariots, like those mentioned in the Song of Songs, were carried from Palestine as tribute, and are pictured in the sepulchral chambers of Rekhmire, the vizier of Thutmose III.
73. The theory about the supreme artisanship of the Canaanites in the pre-Israelite period is without foundation.
74. Jewish artists brought to Egypt introduced their fine arts and influenced the aesthetic conceptions of the Egyptians.
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Anthropologists are still trying to understand its significance.
The site of Armageddon.
There have been a few of those, including the first, ancient one.
So, that’s where I lost it.
Looks like it has a visitors center.
The end of the world will be very civilized. :-))
It's a bit confusing in archeology when using modern words such as Palestine for sites that were prior that. Just another issue with progressist thinking and the disaster that history revisionist/renaming PC promotes.
22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels.
How do they know it wasn't a nose ring?
It DOES have a visitors center.
It also has an excellent museum, and a terrific tour through the ancient water system.
The word “Tel” means “mound” and Megiddo is the site of many towns built upon the ruins of the previous town on the same site. The plains AROUND the Tel are the actual area known as “Armageddon” and could host quite a battle!
It is a very cool archaeological site!
Because it snot.
Wanting to see pictures of this I found this site which shows renditions of them, scrolling down to the bottom half of the page. Majorly cool! Thank you for the info!
Thanks, I neglected to post the link. That’s a scan from Dr V’s “Ages In Chaos”.
Thanks for the link. Some really great information here.
But no mention of the Ark of the Covenant in the booty???
Indiana Jones would have found a reference somewhere.
This beautiful artifact caught my eye. As a jewelry lover/historian, I find it remarkable.
It’s a pretty one.
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