Would you wear this 2,200-year-old hoop earring out today?
Archaeologists discovered the rare gold jewelry while digging up a parking lot in Israel.
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While conducting an archaeological dig at a parking lot in Jerusalem's City of David National Park, researchers unearthed a rare, gold earring dating back to the second or third century BCE. And it was such good condition that they were able to place it on one of their colleagues, as you can see in the photo below.
The directors of the excavation – Professor Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University and Dr. Yiftah Shalev of the Israel Antiquities Authority – believe the jewelry dates back to the early Hellenistic period. "During the course of over a century of archaeological digs in the city, many small discoveries have been made from this period – mainly consisting of pottery fragments and a few coins – but hardly any remains of buildings that could be accurately dated to this period," they said.
The hoop earring they found bears the head of a horned animal with large eyes, a mouth and other facial features. Nearby, excavators also found a gold bead with intricate embroidered ornamentation resembling a thin rope pattern, dividing the beads into two parts with six spirals on each side.
Very similar earrings (though not identical ones) have been found across the Mediterranean, especially in Greece, but are extremely rare in Israel. ”Up until now, only a few such earrings have been found in Israel, many of them in the coastal region," explained Professor Gadot. "However, this is the first time that such an earring has been found in Jerusalem inside of archaeological ruins from that time.“
The more the archaeologists continue to dig, the more they will be able to learn about the architecture of the building in which it was discovered. That, in turn, can tell them more about the socioeconomic status of its inhabitants, and even their dietary habits.
The jewelry will be on public display at the City of David‘s annual archaeological conference at the beginning of September.
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