Archaeologists Uncover Jerusalem Treasure Trove
Says one archaeologist: I have never found so much gold in my life!'
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2013 11:55 AM CDT
A solid gold medallion is the highlight of the treasure found near Jerusalem's Temple Mount.   (Ouria Tadmor/Hebrew University)

(Newser) – A dig near Jerusalem's Temple Mount has paid off big time for a team of archaeologists from Hebrew University: They announced yesterday that they've uncovered a 1,400-year-old Byzantine-era treasure trove. Chief among the various gold and silver items recovered is a 4-inch solid gold medallion depicting a menorah; it may have decorated a Torah scroll and joins gold bracelets, earrings, and 36 gold coins, reports the Times of Israel. Researchers believe the items were brought to the area by Jews after the Persian conquest of the Byzantines in AD 614.

The Daily Mail reports that they were found near the southern wall of the Temple Mount, which it explains was once home to two biblical temples. "I have never found so much gold in my life!" the Times of Israel reports Eilat Mazer as saying at a press conference with clear excitement. "I was frozen. It was unexpected." She suggested the valuables may have been owned by the community, possibly earmarked to pay for a rebuilding effort under Persian rule. But "what is certain is that their mission, whatever it was, was unsuccessful," she says.

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chulupadog
Sep 19, 2013 2:31 PM CDT
No matter what, if any religion you practice. Science hates to admit that the Jews did a pretty good job for an ancient people tracking their history? No missing link yet?
fjgiie
Sep 17, 2013 6:02 PM CDT
Looks like a torah on that large golden shield.
HMD-SMD-ITY
Sep 10, 2013 11:23 PM CDT
Well we know the Bible says the Jerusalem Temple Mount will some day be rebuilt. Now we know how that may happen some day as more gold is found. It marks the beginning of the end. Its when Jews defeat the Muslims once and for all, blood flows up to a horses neck with the blood of all Muslims of Earth. Of course Christians will all be gone before that happens.