A 900-year-old earring found at an archaeological site in Israel. A 900-year-old earring found at an archaeological site in Israel. This 900-year-old earring was found at an archaeological site in Israel by students as young as nine. (Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority)

Kids found this 900-year-old jewelry in a Crusader castle

Experts say the rings, bracelets, earrings and hairpins were left behind in the kitchen.

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A group of schoolchildren excavating a Crusader fortress tower from the Middle Ages in Modi'in, Israel have uncovered 900-year-old jewelry that includes rings, bracelets, earrings and hairpins.

900-year-old jewelry found at an archaeological site in Israel.The 900-year-old jewelry found at an archaeological site in Israel is thought to have been left there by domestic workers. (Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority)

The haul was found among basic kitchen appliances such as clay ovens, cooking pots and jars as well as numerous remains of food such as olive pits and animal bones. This led experts on-site to conclude that the jewelry was left or lost accidentally.

"It seems that the cooks of the time were not sufficiently careful with the jewelry they wore while cooking and baking, since numerous pieces of jewelry have been found in the excavation, some made of bronze and silver,” said Avraham Tendler, excavation director at the archaeological site.

The dig is part of an archaeological program with 2,500 students from Modi'in, a city in central Israel. They have been digging at the site – one class at a time – along with local volunteers and professionals. Throughout the entire site they have also found other metal objects such as coins and cosmetic tools.

The Crusader tower is located on a hill where previous archaeological digs have revealed evidence of its occupation from the Chalcolithic period (c. 6,000 years ago) up to the modern era.

The hill is nearby to Jerusalem and is surrounded by fertile valleys that have been able to support inhabitants for thousands of years.

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