Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Bar Kochba Coin Cache Discovered

A press conference by Hebrew University is being reported at GNews, with beautiful photographs of the finds.

The largest cache of rare coins ever found in a scientific excavation from the period of the Bar-Kokhba revolt of the Jews against the Romans has been discovered in a cave by researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Bar-Ilan University.

The coins were discovered in three batches in a deep cavern located in a nature reserve in the Judean hills. The treasure includes gold, silver and bronze coins, as well as some pottery and weapons.

The discovery was made in the framework of a comprehensive cave research and mapping project being carried out by Boaz Langford and Prof. Amos Frumkin of the Cave Research Unit in the Department of Geography at the Hebrew University.

The discovery included 120 gold, silver, and bronze coins, many in excellent condition. You can read the rest of the article here. As other news sites prepare stories, you can find them via this Google News link.

As for the “Cave Research Unit,” when word gets out about that, I bet they get lots of applicants!

UPDATE: The story is now covered by the Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, and Arutz-7.

UPDATE (9/16): Joe Lauer notes a link with interviews (mp3) of the archaeologists who discovered the coins.

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2 Comments:

  • This is so exciting to me! I am writing a fictional novel about Bar Kockba and so I can't tell you what this means to me. I have a blog and I would love for you to take a look and comment. I will be posting the book as I go along. ellenb9815.wordpress.com

    I am looking for scholars to give me their opinions as I write. I am going to use historical facts to set up the building of the Third Temple and the discovery of the Holy of Holies. Thank you,
    Ellen Brazer

    By Blogger Ellen Brazer, at Wed Sep 09, 12:59:00 PM  

  • Many more pictures have been added to the site since you first posted which show the amazing quality of the coins which they found. Thanks again for sharing this one!

    Andy

    By Blogger Andy Johnson, at Tue Sep 15, 09:55:00 PM  

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