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Researchers Find Rare Coin, Other Artifacts at Bethsaida Dig Site
University of Nebraska Omaha ^ | July 17, 2014 | Charley Reed

Posted on 07/22/2014 3:04:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

The highlight of the excavation was the discovery of a Judea Capta coin, which was minted by Roman Emporor Domitian during his reign of 81 – 96 CE in honor of the conquest of Judea and the destruction of Jersusalem in 70 CE by his father, Vespasian, and brother, Titus.

Christie Cobb, a doctoral student at Drew University in New Jersey, discovered the coin. There are only 48 other versions of this coin that have been found, and fewer still at Biblical sites such as Bethsaida.

“The coin confirms other ceramic data about the date of the large Roman period building we have been excavating for the past several years,” explained Carl Savage, Ph.D., an archeologist at the Bethsaida excavation site and director of Doctor of Ministry program at Drew University. “The coin also connects Bethsaida with the great importance that the Roman Empire placed on the quelling of the revolt in Judea and Galilee. Coupled with the other finds … it makes for interesting speculation about who may have occupied the building.”

Researchers also found a Hellenistic oil lamp with a depiction of a bearded man that could possibly be Dionysus or Silenus, two nocturnal figures from Greco-Roman mythology, as well as a Babylonian cylinder seal made out of black stone.

It was in 1987 that Arav discovered the site of Bethsaida, a city that was founded in the 10th century BCE, served as the capital of Geshur, a Biblical city that was destroyed by conquest in 732 BCE. Bethsaida is also said to the home village of some of Jesus’ apostles, specifically Peter, Andrew and Philip. The city was eventually deserted due to a geological disaster in the 4th century CE.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: bethsaida; coin; coins; epigraphyandlanguage; godsgravesglyphs; israel; letshavejerusalem; romanempire
Researchers at UNO's Bethsaida Excavation Site Found This Judea Capta Coin, Which Dates Back to the First Century CE -- Photo Credit: Hanan Shafir, Bethsaida Excavations

Researchers at UNO's Bethsaida Excavation Site Found This Judea Capta Coin, Which Dates Back to the First Century CE -- Photo Credit: Hanan Shafir, Bethsaida Excavations

1 posted on 07/22/2014 3:04:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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Rare Coin Discovered in Israel
http://www.archaeology.org/news/2317-140718-rare-coin-discovered-in-israel


2 posted on 07/22/2014 3:05:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

3 posted on 07/22/2014 3:06:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Judea Capta huh?

Do those predate shekels?


4 posted on 07/22/2014 3:06:07 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL
Nope.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shekel -- Shekel (sheqel, Akkadian: šiqlu or siqlu, Hebrew: שקל‎, pl. shekels, sheqels, sheqalim, Hebrew: שקלים‎), is any of several ancient units of weight or of currency. The first usage is from Mesopotamia around 3000 BC. Initially, it may have referred to a weight of barley. This shekel was about 180 grains (11 grams or .35 troy ounces).

5 posted on 07/22/2014 3:08:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I thought it said “Bethesda” and was stunned! Then I put on my glasses. Never mind!


6 posted on 07/22/2014 3:13:59 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I did the same thing. “Man, those boys sure got around.”


7 posted on 07/22/2014 3:16:12 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: SunkenCiv

very interesting


8 posted on 07/22/2014 3:21:46 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SunkenCiv

Kinda looks like George Washington.


9 posted on 07/22/2014 4:30:21 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

But there is a church in Bethesda.


10 posted on 07/22/2014 4:48:30 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: SunkenCiv
My obligatory OMA-HAAA!

And thanks for always posting these ancient civilization and buried treasure threads. I love them.

11 posted on 07/22/2014 4:49:31 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: SunkenCiv

Ah ha! So that’s what Hamas is doing with all those tunnels. They are looking for rare coins.


12 posted on 07/22/2014 4:58:53 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: rabidralph

Thanks rr!


13 posted on 07/22/2014 5:01:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: VanDeKoik

Maybe a distant ancestor. :’)


14 posted on 07/22/2014 5:03:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

:’) Didn’t check, but I’d be surprised if that was named after the Biblical one.


15 posted on 07/22/2014 5:06:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Fresh Wind

:’) They’re looking for the foundations of the houses of their ancestors. And they’ve never yet found one.


16 posted on 07/22/2014 5:07:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

For the record:

I HATE the BCE/CE revisionist nonsense.


17 posted on 07/22/2014 5:20:59 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: GeronL

What is ‘CE’? Is that the godless communist version of A.D.?


18 posted on 07/22/2014 6:48:45 PM PDT by akalinin
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To: akalinin

“Common Era” garbage


19 posted on 07/22/2014 7:09:20 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SunkenCiv

Itis amazing how much archeology depends upon folks who cant keep track of their money.


20 posted on 07/22/2014 8:10:12 PM PDT by zeugma (It is time for us to start playing cowboys and muslims for real now.)
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To: G Larry

For the record, no one had a gun to your head to come on in and read it.


21 posted on 07/23/2014 3:29:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: zeugma

:’) It’s really rare to find either coins or precious metals, especially when compared with things that (ahem) seem less remarkable, such as a billion tons of ancient and even prehistoric pottery, and stone tools and ‘warheads’ — but it’s all that glitters that really attracts the attention and brings people into the museums in record numbers. So, I’m all for it. :’)


22 posted on 07/23/2014 3:33:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’m free to object to revisionist nonsense where ever I find it.


23 posted on 07/23/2014 5:15:20 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: G Larry

Don’t expect a welcome mat.


24 posted on 07/24/2014 3:18:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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