Ancient Greek earring found at east Jerusalem site

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An Israeli archaeologist shows a rare golden earring believed to be more than 2,000 years-old, discovered at the archaeological site of the City of David in East Jerusalem near the walls of the old city on 8 August 2018. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
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Professor Cayetana Johnson wears a rare golden earring believed to be more than 2,000 years-old, discovered at the archaeological site of the City of David in East Jerusalem near the walls of the old city on 8 August 2018. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
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Professor Cayetana Johnson wears a rare golden earring believed to be more than 2,000 years-old, discovered at the archaeological site of the City of David in East Jerusalem near the walls of the old city on 8 August 2018. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
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An Israeli archaeologist shows a rare golden earring believed to be more than 2,000 years-old, discovered at the archaeological site of the City of David in East Jerusalem near the walls of the old city on 8 August 2018. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
Updated 08 August 2018
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Ancient Greek earring found at east Jerusalem site

  • Israel on Wednesday unveiled a golden earring dating from the second or third century BC
  • It was found in the shadow of the Old City walls in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem

JERUSALEM: Israel on Wednesday unveiled a golden earring dating from the second or third century BC, found in the shadow of the Old City walls in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.
The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said the artifact, in the Hellenistic style and shaped like a horned animal, was found in October in the City of David National Park, between the Old City and the flashpoint Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan.
The find was not announced publicly until now to give archaeologists time to study the find and publish an academic paper.
“It is unclear whether the gold earring was worn by a man or a woman, nor do we know their cultural or religious identity, but we can say for certain that whoever wore this earring definitely belonged to Jerusalem’s upper class,” an IAA statement said, citing “the quality of the gold piece of jewelry.”
Following the conquest of Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC, Jerusalem remained under Hellenist rule for the next 200 years.
“We do not know much about Jerusalem in the Hellenistic period,” Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University and co-director of the excavations told AFP.
“This opens a debate about the nature of Jerusalem’s population” at the time, he said.
The City of David is run as an archaeological park by hard-line settler organization Elad which seeks to bolster the Jewish presence in mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem.


‘Hunger Games’ prequel book and film planned

Updated 18 June 2019
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‘Hunger Games’ prequel book and film planned

  • The new book will revisit Panem 64 years before the events of the trilogy during a period known as the “Dark Days”
  • Movie studio Lionsgate said another film was already being planned

LOS ANGELES: A new “Hunger Games” novel set decades before the original best-selling trilogy will be published next year, its publisher said Monday, with plans for an accompanying film already under way.
The book will revisit the macabre post-apocalyptic world of Panem created by Suzanne Collins’ young adult novels, which were adapted into one of Hollywood’s biggest movie franchises starring Jennifer Lawrence.
The original books, which sold more than 100 million copies, told the story of Katniss Everdeen, a teenage heroine forced by the realm’s totalitarian leaders to participate in a reality TV-style fight to the death.
The new book will revisit Panem 64 years before the events of the trilogy during a period known as the “Dark Days,” in which the nation “struggles to get back to its feet” after a devastating war, Collins said.
Four films based on the trilogy of novels — the final book was split into two parts — turned Lawrence into an A-list movie star and grossed $2.97 billion worldwide.
Movie studio Lionsgate said another film was already being planned.
“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published,” said Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
“We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”
Author Collins said the book would explore “the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival.”
The as-yet untitled book will be published on May 19, 2020.