Archaeological treasure trove found in Israel
By Ryan Jones of Travelujah
Special to ASSIST News Service
KIRYAT GAT, ISRAEL (ANS) – The dream of every young boy, and not a few young girls, is to hunt down and discover a buried treasure. Archaeologists in Israel had the opportunity to realize that dream recently during a dig near the central town of Kiryat Gat.
The hidden treasure
(Photo: courtesy Sharon Gal
During a routine dig at the Kiryat Gat industrial park (all major construction in Israel must be preceded by a full archaeological survey), archaeologists found the remains of several large dwellings and courtyards, not an uncommon occurrence.
But before refilling the survey pit, the researchers did find something very unique – a hoard of hidden treasure.
Specifically, archeologists uncovered 140 gold and silver coins and a considerable amount of gold jewelry.
Researchers believe the treasure was hidden by a wealthy Jewish woman during the time of the Bar Kokhba Revolt against Roman rule.
The revolt ended in the destruction and exile of the Jewish community in Holy Land.
The treasure has been transferred to a treatment facility in Jerusalem and is expected to go on display at one of Israel’s historical museums in the future.