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

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.


Sheep take over streets of Madrid for annual migration

Updated 20 October 2019

Sheep take over streets of Madrid for annual migration

  • The annual event, which started in 1994, allows shepherds to exercise their right to use traditional routes to migrate their livestock
  • The herd includes 2,000 merino sheep and 100 goats

MADRID: Sheep replaced traffic on the streets of Madrid on Sunday as shepherds steered their flocks through the heart of the Spanish capital, following ancient migration routes.
The annual event, which started in 1994, allows shepherds to exercise their right to use traditional routes to migrate their livestock from northern Spain to more southerly pastures for winter grazing.
The route would have taken them through undeveloped countryside a few centuries ago, but today it cuts through Madrid’s bustling city center and along some of its most famous streets.
Sheep farmers pay a nominal charge in symbolic acknowledgement of a 1418 agreement with the city council that set a fee of 50 maravedis — medieval coins — per 1,000 sheep brought through the central Sol square and Gran Via street.
The herd includes 2,000 merino sheep and 100 goats.