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Archaeologists dig for 1,100-year-old Islamic coins

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Archaeologists dig for 1,100-year-old Islamic coins

Archaeologists dig for 1,100-year-old Islamic coins

A rare gold treasure has been unearthed in central Israel by two teenagers who helped out at an archaeological excavation site during their summer break.During the dig, the youngsters stumbled upon a clay pot containing what they thought to be dry leaves, the Israeli Antiques Authority said.

It turned out to be 425 meticulously preserved 24-carat gold coins that date back to the 9th century, a time where the area was under Islamic rule.One of the young men, Oz Cohen, who had volunteered at the excavation site before entering military service after the summer holidays, said: "It was amazing.

I dug in the ground and when I excavated the soil, saw what looked like very thin leaves.

When I looked again, I saw these were gold coins.

It was really exciting to find such a special and ancient treasure."


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