Tuesday, November 11, 2008

2000 Year Old Earring Found Near the Walls of Old Jerusalem

Discovery News reports that archeologists in Jerusalem:

"...have discovered a 2,000-year-old gold earring beneath a parking lot next to the walls of Jerusalem's old city, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Monday.

The discovery dates to the time of Christ, during the Roman period, said Doron Ben-Ami, director of excavation at the site. The piece was found in a Byzantine structure built several centuries after the jeweled earring was made, showing it was likely passed down through generations, he said.

The find is luxurious: A large pearl inlaid in gold with two drop pieces, each with an emerald and pearl set in gold.

'It must have belonged to someone of the elite in Jerusalem,' Ben-Ami said. 'Such a precious item, it couldn't be one of just ordinary people'."

There's a picture of it, too - amazingly well preserved and quite beautiful.

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