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Archeologists Make Impressive Find in Jerusalem

Megiddo Site to Soon Be Re-Opened for Exploration

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9 Aug 2018
Archeologists Make Impressive Find in Jerusalem
There were several exciting developments in Israel’s archeological community this week, with a dig at the City of David excavations just south of Jerusalem’s Old City producing a gold earring from the early Hellenistic Period, roughly 300 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. The earing, cast in gold and bearing the image of the head of a horned animal with large eyes and a mouth, was almost certainly worn by a wealthy individual of social importance, according to Prof. Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University and Dr. Yiftah Shalev of the Antiquities Authority, who are leading the dig.

Here is a video about the earring

In related news, it was announced this week that a maximum security prison located at Megiddo will be relocated, allowing the site to be excavated by archeologists who uncovered a mosaic floor at the site in 2005, which they believed to be a 3rd century Christian prayer hall. One of the mosaics found there contained the inscription "God Jesus Christ".

"Now that the government has decided to move this prison, we can explore this really amazing and interesting part of the development of early Christianity in a way that we didn't think we'd be able to," said Matthew Adams, director of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.


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