Most of us in the U.S. (where something 100 years old is considered historic) are amazed at the rich history in the Holy Land. But sometimes the extent of Israel’s history amazes even them, as a Times of Israel article recently shared.
In 1964, while constructing a highway interchange near Ramle, southeast of Tel Aviv, workers made an amazing discovery: Ramle’s Old City — dating back to the 11th century — was relatively new.
For buried deep under the debris that the bulldozers were razing they unearthed remains of a Ramle that was 300 years older.
Among the exciting finds were extensive drainage canals, fantastically deep cisterns, beautiful mosaics, pottery, ancient Arabic inscriptions, and jewelry. But one of the most thrilling discoveries was a jar containing 372 shiny golden dinars and six gold bars minted in 18 different countries — a veritable fortune.
Quite a few of these shiny gold coins are on view at the city’s municipal museum, located along Herzl Boulevard — the main street of this very central and historic city.