3,600 year old gold and silver offerings found in Canaanite Gezer
Israeli archaeologists announced the discovery Monday of a rare treasure of gold and silver objects dating back about 3,600 years to the Middle Bronze Age, or the Canaanite period. They were found in the archaeological site of the Tel Gezer National Park, in the Judean foothills near Beit Shemesh.
|Silver pendant featuring a disc with a relief carving of an eight-pointed star, |
found in the biblical city of Gezer [Credit: Clara Amit, IAA]
“This finding is a very significant find to help date the building and show the cultural transparence from Mesopotamia all the way in history down to the State of Israel,” stated Dr. Warner, who is also historian and Bible teacher.
|Egyptian scarab with gold bezel, found in the Canaanite city of Gezer |
[Credit: Clara Amit, IAA]
“This is a foundation deposit, we found it underneath the house. They placed it there to appease the gods so that their house would still stand. These are the tallest preserved walls from this time period anywhere in Israel,” Dr. Warner told Tazpit Press Service (TPS).
|Linen impression on part of the find at biblical Gezer, which archaeologists believe |
was an offering to the gods [Credit: Clara Amit, IAA]
The central deposit is a pendant with an eight-pointed star within a 3.8 cm diameter disc and a crescent on top of it, which represents a well-known symbol dating to over 1000 years before that time period. Dr. Irit Ziffer identified the symbol as representing both Ishtar, the Mesopotamian East Semitic goddess of fertility, love, war, sex and power, as well as the Chinese moon god of the Akkadian culture.
|The treasure in its pot in the foundations of a building in ancient Gezer |
[Credit: Chet Roden]
The treasure was found in one block wrapped in cloth deposited in lidded pottery. Dr. Orit Shamir and Dr. Naama Sukenik of the organic material laboratory of the IAA identified the cloth as linen cloth according to the shape of the threads and weaving techniques.
|Aerial view of the palatial building found in ancient Gezer, which archaeologists have tentatively |
dated to King Solomon's time [Credit: Tel Gezer Excavation Project, Steven M. Ortiz]
“During the Canaanite period, Gezer was one of the cities of primordial importance in Israel and its significance continued until the moment King Solomon built the city anew ,” said Shaul Goldstein, CEO of INPA.
|Pieces of typically Philistine-style bichromatic and multicolored pottery found in the pre-Solomonic |
city found beneath Canaanite ancient Gezer [Credit: Sam Wolff]
Author: Ilana Messika | Source: The Jewish Voice [November 16, 2016]