Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1394 Clyde Billington – Temple Mount Gold Discovery

The gold medallion from the treasure cache discovered by archaeologist Eilat Mazar in the shadow of the Temple Mount.

The gold medallion from the treasure cache discovered by archaeologist Eilat Mazar in the shadow of the Temple Mount.

Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar recently announced the discovery of two caches of gold at her Ophel area excavations, near the southern steps of the Temple Mount. Anytime gold is discovered it’s a good day for archaeology.

But the unique dating of this amazing discovery and the menorah pictured on this medallion suggest to Prof. Clyde Billington an unusual link to another gold treasure cache, taken by the Romans from the Temple Mount in 70 A.D. What is the connection? Tune in and find out.

My guest on this week’s program is professor Clyde Billington, professor of ancient history at The University of Northwestern-St. Paul. Professor Billington is co-editor of ARTIFAX, our quarterly archaeology magazine. His article on this discovery will be featured in the soon-to-be-published Autumn issue of ARTIFAX.

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