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IAA: An extraordinary 900-year-old collection of women’s jewelry discovered in Modi’in



Israel Antiquities Authority

Israel Antiquities Authority




July 2, 2017

IAA: An extraordinary 900-year-old collection of women’s jewelry discovered in Modi’in

Some 2,500 students from schools in Modiʻin and volunteers involved in an Israel Antiquities Authority archaeological excavation in the town are recovering a fascinating find: An extraordinary 900-year-old collection of women’s jewelry.

According to Avraham Tendler, excavation director for the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), “The students and volunteers from Modiʻin have exposed the inner courtyard of the Crusader fortress. Here, the fortress’s occupants cooked and baked for hundreds of years during the Middle Ages, some 900 years ago. Ancient clay ovens (tabuns), cooking pots, jars, serving dishes, and a table were discovered in the ancient kitchen, as well as numerous remains of food such as olive pits, pulses, charred grape pips, and animal bones. It seems that the cooks of the time were not sufficiently careful with the jewelry they wore while cooking and baking, since numerous pieces of jewelry have been found in the excavation, some made of bronze and silver.”

Most of the jewelry has been found by volunteer archaeologist Mati Yohananoff, who is a regular participant in the excavation.

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