Israel Discovers Trove of Ancient Gold, Silver

The Jerusalem Post reports: A treasure trove of gold and silver objects dating back about 3,600 years from the Canaanite period has been found in the Tel Gezer excavation center.

The Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority announced Monday that it believes the objects found were part of a ceremonial offering that was laid in the center of the structure being excavated.

The trove was found in a pot made of china which was wrapped in fabric that was sill somewhat intact despite the humid climate.

Five artifacts were found in the trove, three of which had greatly corroded, preventing researchers from study them properly.

The remaining two items included a medallion consisting of a silver disc with an engraving of an eight-pointed star. At the edge of the disc are two horns meant for connecting with a rope. Dr. Irit Tziper said these symbols are recognized as representing Canaanite gods comparable to Mesopotamia’s god’s Ishtar and Sin of Akkadian culture.

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