Skip to comments.Hoard of gold coins found at Israel Crusades site
Posted on 07/11/2012 2:33:03 PM PDT by shove_it
HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) - A 1,000-year-old hoard of gold coins has been unearthed at a famous Crusader battleground where Christian and Muslim forces once fought for control of the Holy Land, Israeli archaeologists said on Wednesday.
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The treasure was dug up from the ruins of a castle in Arsuf, a strategic stronghold during the religious conflict waged in the 12th and 13th centuries.
The 108 coins - one of the biggest collections of ancient coins discovered in Israel - were found hidden in a ceramic jug beneath a tile floor at the cliff-top coastal ruins, 15 km (9 miles) from Tel Aviv.
"It is a rare find. We don't have a lot of gold that had been circulated by the Crusaders," said Oren Tal, a professor at Tel Aviv University who leads the dig.
Arsuf, which overlooks the Mediterranean sea, was the site of a famous 12th century victory for England's King Richard I - known as Lionheart - over Muslim leader Saladin.
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I lost it on my last trip to the Holy Land.....................
Thought 1: Boy, if those coins could talk.
Thought 2: Boy, if those coins could talk from my bank vault.
DUCK AND COVER. THOSE COINS BELONG TO ROBBIN' HOODLUM!
Those seem to be wonderfully preserved coins. I sure wish they would be handled with gloves, to protect their pristine nature.
Expect the UN to put forth a claim from the arabs...
I’m suspecting that those coins will buy a lot of UN ambulances for Gaza.
Yeah, but you said you lost yours off the boat. I distinctly recall burying them in that old jar I found...remember?
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
Appalling stories of stupidity and greed on both sides, with the Egyptian court being in a class by itself. A very readable book with a dry wit.
"I've been stuck in this @%#$%@ box for the last 1000 years. What have YOU been up to?"
They’re mine. Dropped them last time I was over there ummmm back in 1176 or 1177 was it???
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Thanks shove_it, and SJackson for the additional ping.
Well, I did stay in a Hospitaller Express overnight................
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