British Tourist Finds Gold Coins

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - In the last days of a month-long visit to Israel, Nadine Ross, who came to volunteer at the City of David excavation, discovered a cache of 264 gold coins dating to the 7th century.

"It's an amazing thing to find," Ross said. "I've only been here four weeks. To come across this is something I didn't dream of. I don't think anyone at home will believe me," she said.

Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) archaeologists said the coins most likely were hidden in a niche in one of the building's wall.

"When the building collapsed, the coins would have been buried in the rubble," IAA archaeologist Dr. Doron Ben-Ami said, who is co-directing the excavation with Yana Tchekhanovets.

Both sides of the coins depict images of Roman emperor Heraclius, dressed in a uniform and holding a cross in his right hand. Heraclius ruled between 610 and 641 AD.

The Ir David Foundation is helping fund the IAA dig, along with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

In the two years since archaeologists began excavating the site - located in a parking lot just outside the Old City's Dung Gate - they've uncovered a large building believed to have been constructed sometime during the Byzantine period - 324 to 638 AD.

Last month, archaeologists unearthed a 2,000-year-old, beautifully preserved gold earring from the Roman era, adorned with pearls and precious stones.

Source: Haaretz

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