A rare gold and silver ornament found in Jerusalem among ashes of Babylonian destruction

The rare ornament was found among layers of ash that attest to the razing of Jerusalem and Solomon’s Temple by Nebuchadnezzar in 587/586 BCE. It was revealed by the Mount Zion Archaeological Project together with an abundance of artifacts including Scythian arrowheads identified in other 7th and 6th century sites as used by Babylonian warriors of the day. Shimon Gibson, a UNC Charlotte professor of history and co-director of the project, described the tiny ornament found in the dig on Mount Zion, which overlooks Temple Mount, as part of a tassel or an earring with a bell-shaped upper part in gold and a silver cluster of grapes below. Gibson describes it as “a unique find attesting to the wealth of the inhabitants of the city at the time of the Babylonian siege.” The little silver cluster of grapes is almost detached from its golden case, as if the jewel had been violently torn from somebody.” The professor  added: “I like to think that we are excavating inside one of the ‘Great Man’s houses’ mentioned in the second book of Kings 25:9.” The biblical books of Kings and Daniel describe Nebuchadnezzar as taking back to Babylon, a rich haul of gold and copper vessels from the city he destroyed. This tiny jewel was uniquely overlooked.

 

 

 

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11 thoughts on “A rare gold and silver ornament found in Jerusalem among ashes of Babylonian destruction

  • Aug 12, 2019 @ 11:53 at 11:53
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    Jewish national history: 3300 years
    Palestinian national history: Non-existent

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    • Aug 12, 2019 @ 14:45 at 14:45
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      Gath of the Philistines’ was one of the five Philistine city-states, established in northwestern Philistia. According to the Bible. Gath a place that the Zionists destroyed during the ‘Nakba’ which had existed continuously for 5000 years.
      Drowning like rats.

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      • Aug 12, 2019 @ 19:33 at 19:33
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        Phillistines have nothing to do with terrorist imposters calling themselves “Palestinian”

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  • Aug 12, 2019 @ 15:12 at 15:12
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    It would be nice to see a photo of the rare object.

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  • Aug 12, 2019 @ 19:27 at 19:27
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    Amazing how archeology continues to prove The Hebrew Scriptures. Amazing how the Prophetic Hebrew Scriptures Is fulfilled with the the restoration of Israel and the Jewish People, “I will restore the years…” (Joel 2:25) & “…2nd time..”(Isaiah 11:10-11) The book of Daniel states in 12:4;
    “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
    Oh how Daniel speaks today !

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  • Aug 12, 2019 @ 20:50 at 20:50
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    More than 3000 years ago,..Jerusalem was already the Capital of Israel and David her King..

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  • Aug 12, 2019 @ 23:03 at 23:03
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    jerusalem will be destroyed again

    the jews will be expelled from there

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    • Aug 14, 2019 @ 12:51 at 12:51
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      Palestinian pigs belong in history of the world no one wants them the Arabs can’t stand them they are dirty scum the world wished they get lost.

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  • Aug 12, 2019 @ 23:33 at 23:33
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    Jews will never be destroyed. The lie of Islam will be.

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  • Aug 12, 2019 @ 23:33 at 23:33
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    Jews will never be destroyed. The lie of Islam will be.

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