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A volunteer working at the Emek Tzurim National Park sifting site recently found a 1,600-year-old gold bead in material from the nearby Pilgrimage Road excavations. The earth in which the bead was found came from an impressive Roman building that was 25 meters long, had mosaic floors, and clearly belonged to the elite of Jerusalem. The bead itself is made of ten tiny balls of gold that were attached to each other in the shape of a ring. This method of construction is known from ancient Mesopotamia. The bead was likely once part of a necklace or bracelet and may have been accidentally lost when the jewelry broke. Gold artifacts are rare finds, making this an important discovery.


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