Jerusalem (QHA) - The gold rush has begun at the foot of Jerusalem's Temple Mount. During summer excavations conducted by Hebrew University of Jerusalem archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar, two bundles of treasures were found, reports BCN. As reported, the treasure trove contained thirty-six gold coins, gold and silver jewelry, and a gold medallion with the menorah (Temple candelabrum) symbol etched into it. Also etched into the 10-cm medallion are a shofar (ram's horn) and a Torah scroll. The extraordinary find is known as the "Ophel Treasure". The archaeologist Dr. Mazar noted, "We have been making significant finds from the First Temple Period in this area, a much earlier time in Jerusalem's history, so discovering a golden seven-branched Menorah from the seventh century [AD] at the foot of the Temple Mount was a complete surprise." She described the find as "a breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime discovery." As reported, the discovery, known as the "Ophel Treasure" lies within the current Ophel Archaeological Park and is situated about 50 meters from the southern wall of the Temple Mount area. The find is dated to the late Byzantine period (early seventh century AD) and was discovered in a ruined Byzantine public structure.

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