Friday, August 10, 2018

A Hellenistic-era gold earring excavated in Jerusalem

ANCIENT BLING WATCH: Always the way... you can only find one ear-ring! 2,200-year-old gold jewellery is unearthed in Jerusalem - but archaeologists can't find its pair (Phoebe Weston, Daily Mail).
A 2,200-year-old gold earring has been unearthed near the site of the ancient Jewish temples in Jerusalem, providing rare evidence of Hellenistic influence on the region.

The four centimetre (1.5 inch)-long filigree hoop was discovered during excavations outside Jerusalem's walled Old City, and is adorned with a horned animal that is believed to be an antelope or deer.

The 'unique' find is the first earring found in Jerusalem that dates to the Hellenistic period around the third or early second centuries BC, researchers aid.

Another ancient gold earring was found in Jerusalem ten years ago, but it appears to be from the Roman era. See here, and here. Another Roman-era gold earring was found at e-Tell/et-Tell (Bethsaida?). See here and here. And possibly one was found associated with the Bar Kokhba revolt, although that link has rotted. See here.

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