Two Israeli teenagers working as volunteers during their summer break in an archaeological site in Yavne, Israel unearthed a hoard of gold coins buried in a jar.
The complete gold collection of 425 Abbasid period coins, was an “extremely rare” discovery, archaeologists from Israel Antiquities Authorities (IAE) said, as per the Associated Press.
Looked Like Thin Leaves
The teenagers thought at first that they had unearthed very thin leaves stashed in a jar, according to a CNN report.
“It was amazing,” one of the teenagers said.
Initially, “I saw something” that resembled “thin leaves” Oz Cohen, one of the teens, said in a statement.
Then I realized that “these were gold coins,” he added.
The “ancient treasure” is such an exciting discovery.
Will The Gold Coins Tell Some Tales?
Dr. Robert Kool, an IAE coin specialist, mentioned in an initial investigation that the coins date from the late 9th century.
It was the golden age of the Abbasid Caliphate that dominated most of the Near East and North Africa.
The discovery was among the largest hoard of ancient coins found in Israel.
Dr. Kool added, “hopefully the study of the hoard” will enlighten us about the Abbasid “period which we still know very little.”
Sci News reported Dr. Kool saying, the region belonged to the enormous “Abbasid Caliphate” which spans from Persia to North Africa.
Its central administration was in “Baghdad, Iraq” during this period.
Bury And Retrieve
The trove was “deliberately buried in the ground in a clay jar,” added Dr. Liat Nadav-Ziv and Dr. Elie Haddad.
The one who dug and hid “this treasure 1,100 years ago probably expected to retrieve it.”
That person even “secured the vessel with a nail” hoping that the jar would not budge.
“We can only guess” what hindered him from “returning to collect this treasure.”
“The discovery” implies that international trade existed between the region’s “residents and remote areas.”