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Silver earrings found in Israel

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A ball of silver, made up of five hoop earrings and silver ingots, has been found in the biblical city of Abel Beth Maacah in Israel.

Found to the north of a massive structure that may be a tower, the jug and its treasure appear to date back to about 3,200 years ago, long before minted coins were invented, archaeologists said. Curiously, they found no sign that the treasure was hidden, and no one appears to have gone back for it, they added.

“We found it in a small jug leaning against a wall, apparently on a dirt floor,” said researchers Robert Mullins, Nava Panitz-Cohen and Ruhama Bonfil in an email to Live Science. “It didn’t seem to have been deliberately hidden in a niche or any other hidey-hole.”

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Robert Mullins, Azusa Pacific University

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