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Rare Canaanite-Era Trove of Gold and Silver Unearthed in Central Israel

a silver pendant with an eight-pointed star identified as being some 3,600 years old A silver pendant with an eight-pointed star identified as being some 3,600 years old (Photo: ASHERNET)

Researchers excavating in the Tel Gezer National Park in Israel discovered a collection of unique objects dating back to the Canaanite period, such as a gold Egyptian scarab and a silver pendant.

Archaeologists believe the trove is ritualistic in nature, and was placed inside the foundations of the multi-room building as a religious offering. The building seems to have had an administrative role — an assumption strengthened by the structure’s proximity to a city gate.

The cache was found in a lidded clay vessel, wrapped in woven linen whose patterns are still partially visible. The twist of two threads typical of linen weaving from the period can be seen on the fabric, which is unusually well-preserved thanks to having been pressed against the precious metals inside over the millennia.

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