2000 Year Old Earring Found Near the Walls of Old 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.There's a picture of it, too - amazingly well preserved and quite beautiful.
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'."