A group of spelunkers found a cache of bronze and silver coins dated to the reign of Alexander the Great. The explorers also found silver jewelry, including bracelets, rings, and earrings that were hidden in the cave. The treasure was probably hidden in the cave at the time when the Jewish people were suffering persecution after the death of Alexander the Great (late 4th century B.C.).
According to a report of the discovery published by CNN,
The two silver coins were minted during the reign of Alexander the Great, who conquered the region in the late fourth century B.C. On one side of the coin is an image of Alexander the Great, while on the other side is an image of Zeus sitting on his throne, arm raised as if ready to wield his fearsome lightning bolts. The coins allowed archaeologists to date the find.
In addition to these coins, the archeologists who examined the coins and the jewelry also found other objects in the cave that were more ancient than the coins:
At this point they believe they have found artifacts in the cave that first date to the Chalcolithic period c. 6,000 years ago; from the Early Bronze Age c. 5,000 years ago, the Biblical period 3,000 years ago and the Hellenistic period approximately 2,300 years ago.
The Israel Antiquities Authority declared that this is an important discovery because it may shed light into the lives of the people who lived in ancient Israel.
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