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)
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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.


Tiger attacks Kansas zoo keeper after ‘error’ brought two together

This Nov. 2018 file photo shows Sanjiv, a Sumatran tiger at the Topeka Zoo in Topeka, Kansas. (AP)
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Tiger attacks Kansas zoo keeper after ‘error’ brought two together

  • A tiger mauled a worker at England’s Hamerton Zoo Park in 2017, and last year a zoo worker in the Japanese city of Kagoshima was killed by a tiger, according to media reports

WASHINGTON: A rare Sumatran tiger attacked a worker at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas on Saturday, wounding the back of her head and neck before other staff members were able to coax the animal away with food, officials said.
The zoo keeper was alert and awake when she was rushed to a hospital, where she was listed in stable condition, city of Topeka spokeswoman Molly Hadfield said by phone.
The victim, the primary tiger keeper at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center, was in the predator’s outdoor habitat when she was attacked, zoo director Brendan Wiley said at a news conference.
Somehow, the 7-year-old male tiger named Sanjiv entered the habitat, which is never supposed to happen when a person is present, Wiley said.
“There was some sort of error that occurred here,” Wiley said, adding that the incident was under investigation. “Some of our staff witnessed some things that you hope you go through a career without witnessing.”
Some visitors also saw Sanjiv injure the worker, who suffered lacerations and punctures to her head and neck, and also was wounded on her back and an arm, he said.
After about 10 minutes other staff members were able to lure the tiger into an indoor pen using its food ration, Wiley said.
The zoo was closed for 45 minutes after the attack and its six tigers, including Sanjiv and his four cubs, were kept in their pen. All the tigers except Sanjiv were later allowed back to the outdoor exhibit area.
Zoo officials did not plan any repercussions for Sanjiv.
“Sanjiv this morning did exactly what a tiger would when something comes into his territory,” Wiley said, adding there was “absolutely no consideration to euthanize Sanjiv.”
Tigers have killed several workers at zoos over the last few years.
In 2016, a male Malayan tiger killed a worker at the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society in Florida.
A tiger mauled a worker at England’s Hamerton Zoo Park in 2017, and last year a zoo worker in the Japanese city of Kagoshima was killed by a tiger, according to media reports.
Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, with fewer than 400 living in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund.