Ancient Golden Treasure Found at Foot of Temple Mount

Humanities/Social Sciences

Dr. Eilat Mazar
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

A Jewish treasure of 1,400-year-old coins and jewelry was unearthed in excavations at the Ophel, south of the Temple Mount, in 2013. The rare treasure includes 36 gold coins bearing the images of Byzantine emperors, and a unique 10 cm gold medallion engraved with a Temple candelabrum, a ram’s horn and a Torah scroll. This discovery is magnificent evidence of the renewed presence of Jews in Jerusalem, hundreds of years after the Romans exiled them and forbade them to return.