Crusader hoard found | Silver Coins

Crusader hoard found

On the north coast of Herzliya at Tel Arshaf, throughout the course of a 3-year dig a massive cache of golden coins of the Crusader period has been uncovered. The dig, headed by Prof. Oren Tal of Tel Aviv University, unearthed a sand-filled pottery vessel below the floor tiles of the castle containing some 108 gold coins minted about 1,000 CE in Egypt. It looked like a deliberate act of concealment, most likely made by the defenders for the duration of a prolonged siege by Muslim troops. The excavation has also uncovered arrowheads and catapult stones, evidence of the Arab siege. The Crusaders, who known as their castle “Apollonia”, held the stronghold in the 13th century, when it was at some point conquered and razed to the ground by the Mamluks—who failed to verify below the floor tiles!
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