Second Century Coins Unearthed in Israel

By JTA

Published June 05, 2012.
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Gold and silver coins and jewelry from the second century were uncovered in excavations near Kiryat Gat in southern Israel.

The 2,000-year-old hoard was likely hidden by a wealthy family during the Bar Kochba revolt, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority, which announced the find Tuesday.

The treasure was discovered during a salvage excavation near Kiryat Gat. The excavation uncovered a building dating to the Roman and Byzantine period. The coins and jewels, which were found in a hole in what was the building’s courtyard, had been wrapped in a cloth, of which trace remains were found.


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