Extremely Rare Biblical Artifact: A Gold Bell from the Second Temple Period, Jerusalem
This is the only bell to ever be found from the Second Temple Period (515 BC to 70 AD). The bible says “and they made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates upon the hem of the robe, round about between the pomegranates”. - Exodus 39:25 KJV
The tiny bell was found among the ruins near the Old City during a sewer excavation. Archaeologists believe the bell may have fallen off a garment and down into the drainage channel some 2000 or so years ago.
Archaeologists in the Burnt City have discovered what appears to be an ancient prosthetic eye. What makes this discovery exceptionally awesome is the striking description of how the owner and her false eye would have appeared while she was still alive and blinking:
Photographer Moises Saman documented the archeological excavations of Abydos, an Egyptian city “frozen in time.” A look at the photos: http://nyr.kr/17wljA6
Top: A boy looks up at the ceiling of the temple of Seti I, in Abydos. It’s the most intact Bronze Age temple in Egypt, dating to the fourteenth century B.C.
Bottom-Left: Local laborers at a German-sponsored dig. Some men specialize in digging out sand. Boys carry it away in buckets, while other boys pour the sand through wire screens in search of broken artifacts.
Bottom-Right: Baskets containing shards of ancient pottery found at the N.Y.U.-sponsored