1,000-year-old hoard of gold coins dug up at Crusades site
One of the biggest collections found in Israel was hidden in ceramic jug at battleground...
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Scores of gold coins are put on display near Herzliya on Tuesday, along with the jar in which they were found. The hoard was unearthed during an excavation at a Crusader fortress in Apollonia National Park.
By Rami Amichai and Ari Rabinovitch
updated 2 hours 34 minutes ago
HERZLIYA, Israel — A 1,000-year-old hoard of gold coins has been unearthed at a famous Crusader battleground where Christian and Muslim forces once fought for control of the Holy Land, Israeli archaeologists said on Wednesday.
The treasure was dug up from the ruins of a castle in Arsuf, a strategic stronghold during the religious conflict waged in the 12th and 13th centuries.
The 108 coins — one of the biggest collections of ancient coins discovered in Israel — were found hidden in a ceramic jug beneath a tile floor at the cliff-top coastal ruins, 15 km (9 miles) from Tel Aviv.
Wow, sure would be neat to discover a hoard like that! Guess I better get out the new metal detecter I got for Christmas!