A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
A jug containing 751 seventh-century Byzantine gold coins weighing nearly seven pounds--the largest hoard ever scientifically excavated in Israel--has been unearthed in Beth Shean. "The coins are like new. It's just amazing," says Ofer Sion of the Israel Antiquties Authority, who found the hoard buried under the floor of a fourth- to fifth-century villa just outside the city's Byzantine walls. "The villa's owner most certainly hid these coins. He meant to return, but for some reason he didn't."