Byzantine Riches

Digs & Discoveries November/December 2013

(Courtesy Ouria Tadmor/Hebrew University of Jerusalem)


In the ruins of a seventh-century A.D. building at the foot of the Temple Mount, Hebrew University of Jerusalem archaeologist Eilat Mazar has discovered a stunning collection of artifacts. The 36 coins, dating from between the middle of the fourth to the early seventh century A.D., along with gold and silver jewels and a remarkable gold medallion, were once wrapped inside two small fabric bundles, small remnants of which Mazar also found. The medallion depicts a menorah, Torah scroll, and a shofar, a musical instrument usually made of a ram’s horn that is used in Jewish rituals. Found in a hole in the floor, the medallion once hung from a gold chain and was uncovered with a smaller gold medallion, two pendants, a gold coil, and a silver clasp, all of which may have been ornamentations for a Torah scroll. 

  • Artifacts November/December 2013

    Moche Ceremonial Shield

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    (Courtesy Lisa Trever, University of California, Berkeley)
  • Around the World November/December 2013


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    (Courtesy Shiga Perfectural Board of Education)
  • Digs & Discoveries November/December 2013

    An Imperial Underworld

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  • Features November/December 2013

    Life on the Inside

    Open for only six weeks toward the end of the Civil War, Camp Lawton preserves a record of wartime prison life

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    (Virginia Historical Society, Mss5.1.Sn237.1v.6p.139)