It’s been awhile since our last post, so let’s dive right into it!
Archaeologists at Hatzor, the biblical gateway to northern Israel, have found 14 large pithoi (clay barrels) filled with burnt wheat. The kernels are off to the laboratory for analysis while the site is covered up until next season.
Hellenistic Military Harbour at Acco
The diggers followed a clue unearthed in 2009 – dressed paving stones cut in the Phoenecian style – to the discovery of the Hellenistic Era military harbour at Acco, the largest and most important in the country at the time. The excavators base their claim on the fact that many of the stones contain shafts drilled into them, which wer likely used as mooring points. Clay vessels originating from mediterranean islands were also found, along with other internationally shipped products.
Bar Kokhva Era Gold Horde Discovered in Gat
Around 140 silver coins as well as gold jewelery was discovered last month near Kiryat Gat. The coins were stamped with 1880-year-old imperial imagery. Judean rebels would re-stamp the coins with Judean symbols.
- Ancient coins and jewelry uncovered near Kiryat Gat (jta.org)
- In Acre, an ancient dock emerges from the sea (timesofisrael.com)
- Ancient Hellenistic Harbor Found in Israel (livescience.com)
- 2,000 year old port discovered in Acre (haaretz.com)