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Treasure discovered underwater off the coast of Caesaria in Israel

Caesarea Tresure
Image Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority
2000 years ago, Caesaria was an important maritime center, a hub for maritime transport. A team of archaeologists from the Department of Marine Archeology of the IAA (Israel Antiquities Authority) has discovered a treasure in two wrecks off the coast of Caesaria.

Caesaria coast a submerged archaeological site

2000 years ago, Caesaria was an important maritime center, a hub for maritime transport. Today, it is one of the most important submerged archeological sites.

Two ship wrecks and a tresure

A team of archaeologists from the Department of Marine Archeology of the IAA (Israel Antiquities Authority) has discovered a treasure in two wrecks off the coast of Caesaria.
One of the wrecks is 1700 years old, from the Roman period and the other is 600 years old, from the Mamluk period.
Among the most important discoveries are hundreds of Roman silver and bronze coins from the middle of the third century, as well as a large number of silver coins from the Mamluk period called dirhams, dating from the 14th century. Also, ceramic vessels, bronze bells, bronze figurines representing eagles, jewelry and other objects were discovered.

Red gemstone

Archaeologists have also discovered a red gemstone. The image of a pound is engraved on it. The lyre is the symbol of the poets and the god Apollo.

Caesarea Tresure
Image Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority

Gold ring with shepherd

According to the authorities, the most important piece discovered is a gold ring bearing an image of a shepherd, a symbol used by the early Christians to depict Jesus and the Assyrian-Babylonian civilizations attributed this symbol to the lunar god Tammuz who was the shepherd of the star flocks.