Skip to comments.Hoard of Gold Coins Found at Israel Crusades Site
Posted on 07/12/2012 6:41:20 AM PDT by marshmallow
(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.
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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Oh, so that’s where I left them.
Very cool. Ping to SC for a wider audience.
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Thanks exit82. Their sisters hoard half of it.
“I will not go as a pilgrim to a city I have sworn to take in fire and blood.”
Richard the Lionhearted when refusing Saladin’s offer of a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.