Skip to comments.Byzantine Era Golden Treasure Discovered at Foot of Temple Mount
Posted on 09/11/2013 4:06:20 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
During excavations at the foot of the Temple Mount which were conducted this summer, Jerusalem Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar discovered two bundles of a treasure containing thirty-six gold coins, gold and silver jewelry, and a gold medallion with the menorah (Temple candelabrum) symbol etched into it. Also etched into the 10-cm medallion are a shofar (rams horn) and a Torah scroll.
Mazar, a third-generation archaeologist working at the Hebrew Universitys Institute of Archaeology, directs excavations on the City of Davids summit and at the Temple Mounts southern wall, the Ophel area. Calling the find a breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime discovery, Dr. Mazar said: We have been making significant finds from the First Temple Period in this area, a much earlier time in Jerusalems history, so discovering a golden seven-branched Menorah from the seventh century CE at the foot of the Temple Mount was a complete surprise.
The discovery was unearthed just five days into Mazars latest phase of the Ophel excavations, and can be dated to the late Byzantine period (early seventh century CE). The gold treasure was discovered in a ruined Byzantine public structure, a mere 150 feet from the Temple Mounts southern wall.
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Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar showing an ancient medallion dated to the late Byzantine period (early seventh century CE) with a shofar (ram's horn) and a Torah scroll ornament, September 9, 2013. The treasure was discovered in recent Jerusalem excavations near the Temple Mount southern wall, by members of the Hebrew University Institute of Archaeology.
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