The curator was located by Benjamin Milt, who took part in the activity of filtering the dirt from the Temple Mount • Project manager: "It seems to be part of a jewel of an important figure or special decoration"
Benjamin and his sister with the finds
A tiny gold bead, dating to the days of the First Temple, was recently discovered in a dirt filter project from the Temple Mount at the beacon observatory on Mount Scopus.
The rare find was found by Benjamin Milt, a nine-year-old from Jerusalem.
He participated with his family in the screening activity, which continues to take place these days with the participation of the general public according to the purple character regulations.
Beads of this type have also been found at several other sites in the country.
Most of them are associated with the Iron Age (12th century BCE to 6th BCE).
The shape of the bead is cylindrical with a hole in the center.
The bead is small and measures six mm in diameter and four mm in height.
It is made of four "floors" of gold balls, glued together.
The preservation condition of the bead is excellent.
Yitzhak Dvira, director of the Temple Mount Dirt Filtering Project: "Gold jewelry from the First Temple period is rare in archeological finds. In ancient Egypt, gold had a magical meaning due to its excellent luster and long-lasting preservation properties, which gave it the properties of eternity. To South Arabia and the Horn of Africa, but gold may have arrived in Palestine by Phoenician merchants from Mediterranean countries, such as Greece and Spain. The main source was probably from Egypt. The deficit technique was used during this period to design jewelry by gluing gold or tiny silver balls to each other or a piece of metal. Two-dimensional or three-dimensional.The ball-making was a complex and advanced method of the artisans of the period.The method includes several stages of production, the use of different components and the ability to melt at a very high temperature.
"It seems that the rare bead was part of a piece of jewelry worn by an important and very rich figure who visited the temple or as part of some decoration on priests' clothes or ritual objects," Dvira stressed.
"This bead is added to the large collection of ancient jewelry from different periods, which were discovered in the filter factory during its years of existence."