According to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) on Monday they find a small bronze pot holding 24 gold coins and the earring.
The IAA said, it was found between 2 stones in the side of a well in a house in a neighborhood that dates during the Abbasid and Fatimid periods some 900 years back.
The IAA’s Peter Gendelman and Mohammed Hatar, directors of the excavation said the coins in the cache date to the end of the 11th century.
An IAA statement said, that makes it possible “to link the treasure to the Crusader conquest of the city in the year 1101, one of the most dramatic events in the medieval history of the city”.
It added “according to contemporary written sources, most of the inhabitants of Caesarea were massacred by the army of Baldwin I (1100?1118), king of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem,”.
“It is possibly assumed that the treasures owner and his family decomposed in the massacre or were sold into slavery, and therefore were unable to retrieve their gold.”
Robert Kool, IAA coin expert said “one or two of these gold coins were the equivalent of the annual salary of a simple farmer, so it seems that whoever deposited the cache was at least well-to-do or involved in commerce”.
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