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July 29, 2011

Ancient golden bell found in Jerusalem sewer โ€” "Roadside Picnic*?"


Once upon a time, 2,000 years ago in the Old City of Jerusalem, a wealthy resident was walking along in the street, when a decorative little golden bell (above) fell off his or her garment into the drainage channel.

It remained there for 20 centuries until it was discovered last week, the only such bell to ever have been found in Jerusalem from the Second Temple period (about 515 B.C. to A.D. 70) and as such extremely rare.

According to a USA Today story, "When Eli Shukron of the Israel Antiquities Authority shook it Sunday, the faint metallic sound was something between a clink and a rattle."

More: "The biblical Book of Exodus mentions tiny golden bells sewn onto the hem of the robes of Temple priests, along with decorative pomegranates. The artisans in charge of making the priestly clothes and implements, according to the Bible, 'made bells of pure gold, and attached the bells between the pomegranates all around the hem of the robe between the pomegranates.'"

And: "It was not know whether this bell was attached to a priestly garment. It is engraved with a pattern of circular channels starting at the top."


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Take two aspirin and ring me in the next millennia.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jul 29, 2011 11:37:47 PM

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