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Archaeologists Suprised To Discover Ancient Horse Skeletons In Jaffa Dig
Haaretz ^ | 11-23-2005 | Yuval Azoulay

Posted on 11/27/2005 2:32:02 PM PST by blam

Archaeologists uncovering the horse skeletons found recently during a salvage dig beneath the Armenian monastery in Jaffa. (Nir Kafri)

Last update - 02:21 23/11/2005

Archaeologists surprised to discover ancient horse skeletons in Jaffa dig

By Yuval Azoulay

Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists conducting a salvage dig in the Armenian monastery in Jaffa expected to find artifacts connected to the ancient fortifications of the city. However, a few days ago they were surprised to discover, some 60 centimeters below the monastery floor, no fewer than 10 horse skeletons.

Excavation directors Amit Re'em and Martin Peilstoker said yesterday the horses may have died in battle, and if so, it occurred long before the 17th century, when the monastery was constructed. It was possible, the archaeologists said, that the horses were buried as early as the Hellenistic period, about 2,200 years ago, or in the Early Arab period, 1,500 years ago. The archaeologists assume the horses were buried outside the city wall because of the stench of them decaying.

"This is the last thing we expected find here," Re'em said yesterday. "If we continue the dig we may find arrowheads or other artifacts that attest to a battle the horses were involved in." Re'em and Peilstoker are now trying to ascertain the breed of the horses and how they died, with the assistance of Hebrew University veterinarians. "Work on the remains is very delicate, and every detail can move us ahead. I believe we'll know in a week or two," Re'em said.

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1 posted on 11/27/2005 2:32:04 PM PST by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 11/27/2005 2:43:37 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Paging Dr. Martin Dysart...


3 posted on 11/27/2005 5:31:03 PM PST by Freedom_Fighter_2001 (When money is no object - it's your money they're talking about)
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Is Jaffa the same town as the Biblical Joppa of Jonah and the big fish?


4 posted on 11/27/2005 5:33:55 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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"Is Jaffa the same town as the Biblical Joppa of Jonah and the big fish?"

Sorry, don't know.

5 posted on 11/27/2005 7:00:29 PM PST by blam
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

Yeah, it is.
http://atheism.about.com/od/bibleplacescities/p/Jaffa.htm


6 posted on 11/27/2005 8:52:53 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated my FR profile on Wednesday, November 2, 2005.)
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7 posted on 11/27/2005 8:53:06 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated my FR profile on Wednesday, November 2, 2005.)
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