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Girl finds 1,500-year-old coin at Talmud-era Jewish village in northern Israel

The Yitzchaki family with a 1,500-year-old coin they found at the Korazim archaeological site in northern Israel, August 10, 2021. (Dekel Segev/Israel Nature and Parks Authority)
The Yitzchaki family with a 1,500-year-old coin they found at the Korazim archaeological site in northern Israel, August 10, 2021. (Dekel Segev/Israel Nature and Parks Authority)

An Israeli girl has found a 1,500-year-old bronze coin at the site of an ancient Jewish village near the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, the Nature and Parks Authority says in a statement.

A 1,500-year-old coin found at the Korazim archaeological site in northern Israel, August 10, 2021. (Dekel Segev/Israel Nature and Parks Authority)

The Yitzchaki family from the West Bank settlement of Har Bracha visited the Korazim archaeological park today and played a puzzle game involving the unique building style of the Talmud-era village, the statement says.

During the game, one of the family members found the ancient coin on the ground. She handed it to Nature and Parks Authority staff who estimated it is from the 4th or 5th century CE.

“This was the peak time of the Jewish village in Korazim,” says the archaeological park manager, Dekel Segev. “The girl and her family showed good citizenship and handed us the coin since it is a national treasure. The coin will be passed on to the Israel Antiquities Authority for further research and preservation.”

The Korazim site, which overlooks the Sea of Galilee, includes the remains of a synagogue. It also attracts Christian pilgrims since the name of the place is mentioned in the New Testament.

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