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Aurelia posted a topic in Archaeological News: The WorldAncient bronze coins dating back to 69/70 C.E., the time of the Jewish revolt against Rome, were discovered in an archeological excavation of an ancient village in Israel. The village itself was discovered by construction workers expanding a highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The 114 coins contain an image of a lulav and two etrogim—two of the four species of the Sukkot holiday—and the Hebrew inscription “Year Four,” in reference of the fourth year of the revolt. On the other side of the coins another inscription reads, “For the redemption of Zion.” “They are not referring to religious redemption, but to salvation. In other words, the minters of the coins were expressing a hope that the revolt would end well,” said Dr. Donald Zvi Ariel, head of the coins division at the Israel Antiquities Authority, according to Haaretz. Source: The Allgemeiner
Aurelia posted a topic in Archaeological News: RomeThe carved jasper stone, found in Israel, was apparently commissioned by a wealthy man and passed down for generations.A unique gemstone found in Israel that may have adorned a ring has shed light on a little known art in ancient Rome: fine carving. On the floor of a room dating to the early Byzantium period, around 4th century CE, archaeologists spotted a red gemstone beautifully engraved with the figure of a naked running man holding a laurel wreath in one hand. Or maybe he's holding a wreath of olive branches. It's hard to tell. In any case, in the other hand the bare gentleman holds what is clearly a date palm branch. More at Haaretz
Come to the Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology to view one of the most lively Roman era mosaics discovered. You have until May 2013, when the art work travels to the Louvre and then returns to Lod, Israel, where it was discovered in 1996. http://www.penn.museum/press-releases/918-lod.html "The exhibition features the three most complete and impressive panels found in what was probably a large reception room. Within the central panel