Archeologists uncover 2,000-year-old gold, silver jewelry

June 5, 2012 10:56

Some 140 gold and silver coins and a trove of jewelry were among the treasures uncovered by archaeologists near Kiryat Gat, the Israel Antiquities Authority reported Tuesday.

The jewelry, believed to date back to the Bar Kokhba revolts, was likely hidden by a wealthy woman during the rebellion.

"The coins that were discovered date to the reigns of the Roman emperors Nero, Nerva and Trajan who ruled the Roman Empire from 54-117 CE," says excavation director and archaeologist Emil Aladjem. "The coins are adorned with the images of the emperors and on their reverse are cultic portrayals of the emperor, symbols of the brotherhood of warriors and mythological gods such as Jupiter seated on a throne or Jupiter grasping a lightning bolt in his hand.”

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