Millenia-old gold coins from the Islamic period discovered in Jerusalem

Millenia-old gold coins from the Islamic period discovered in Jerusalem
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Archaeologist at the Israel Antiquities Authority Evgeniya Rabinovich shows a small pottery jug with four pure gold coins found inside it, at the archaeological rescue excavation site in the Old City of Jerusalem, on November 9, 2020. (AFP)
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Archaeologist at the Israel Antiquities Authority David Gellman shows a small pottery jug with four pure gold coins found inside it, at the archaeological rescue excavation in the Old City of Jerusalem, on November 9, 2020. (AFP)
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Archaeologist at the Israel Antiquities Authority Evgeniya Rabinovich shows a small pottery jug with four pure gold coins found inside it, at the archaeological rescue excavation site in the Old City of Jerusalem, on November 9, 2020. (AFP)
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A small pottery jug with four pure gold coins found inside it by the Israel Antiquities Authority are displayed at the archaeological rescue excavation site in the Old City of Jerusalem, on November 9, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 11 November 2020

Millenia-old gold coins from the Islamic period discovered in Jerusalem

Millenia-old gold coins from the Islamic period discovered in Jerusalem
  • The discovery, made in occupied East Jerusalem near to Al-Aqsa Mosque, has been described by the Israeli Antiquities Authority as a “rare” find

AMMAN: Archaeologists discovered a trove of gold coins in East Jerusalem over the summer that date back to around 1,100 years ago, it has emerged.

The 4 gold coins, all in good condition, were discovered on Aug. 18, but the find was only publicized on Monday.

“This is the first time we have discovered this kind of treasure in fifty years,” Palestinian Kamil Sari, the head of the northern regional office of the Israeli Antiquities Authority, told Arab News.

“After the archeologists digging near the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem had taken pottery jars for close cleaning and inspection, a volunteer sifting through found the coins.”

Sari said that the coins were made of pure gold, and dated to between 940 and 970 AD. Two were minted in the city of Ramleh, during the Abbasid caliphate period, and the other two were minted in Cairo under the Fatimid dynasty.

The Haifa-based archeological official told Arab News that a month ago more coins from the Islamic period were discovered.

Nazim Al-Jubeh, a Palestinian archeologist and professor of history and archeology at Bir Zeit University, told Arab News: “This was an important discovery because it helps illuminate the Abbasid period which some have tried to dismiss as being a step back in civilization after the successful Byzantine period.”

The era in question represented one of considerable change for the region, as the earlier Abbasid rulers were replaced by the Fatimids.

The discovery, made in occupied East Jerusalem near to Al-Aqsa Mosque, has been described by the Israeli Antiquities Authority as a “rare” find.

The Associated Press (AP) said that the trove, “which was unearthed by youth volunteers, also included hundreds of smaller clippings from gold coins that would have served as smaller denominations.”

AP quoted Robert Kool, a coin expert, who said “an initial analysis indicates the coins date from the late 9th century, considered the golden age of the Abbasid Caliphate that controlled most of the Near East and North Africa.”

Nazmi Al-Jubeh said that archeologists from around the world, including Israel, were slowly changing the narrative about the Abbasid, Umayyad, and Ayyubid Islamic periods.

“Previously archeologists have claimed that, since they had no major monuments representing them, that means that their civilization was nothing to talk about.”

Al-Jubeh said that the latest discovery, plus much of the discoveries of recent years, had caused historians and archeologists to revise their theories.

He said that the coins, found in occupied Palestinian lands, should be returned to Palestine as per international law.

A senior Jordanian source familiar with the situation told Arab news that Palestinians and Jordanians annually submit a report to UNESCO demanding the return of all archeological discoveries taken from the occupied territories in violation of international law.
 

 

 

 

 


‘I’m not striving for world domination!’: Adolf Hitler namesake wins Namibia election

Despite the unfortunate name, the full-named Adolf Hitler Uunona, 54, who won an election in Namibia told German newspaper Bild that he did not share the Fuhrer’s ideology. (Eagle FM/AFP/File Photos)
Updated 03 December 2020

‘I’m not striving for world domination!’: Adolf Hitler namesake wins Namibia election

Despite the unfortunate name, the full-named Adolf Hitler Uunona, 54, who won an election in Namibia told German newspaper Bild that he did not share the Fuhrer’s ideology. (Eagle FM/AFP/File Photos)
  • The councillor, whose father named him after the National Socialist leader, won 85 per cent of the vote in the country’s Oshana region

LONDON: A politician named after Nazi leader Adolf Hitler has won a regional election in Namibia.

The councillor, whose father named him after the National Socialist leader, won 85 per cent of the vote in the country’s Oshana region, with 1,196 votes over his opponent’s 213.

Despite the unfortunate name, the full-named Adolf Hitler Uunona, 54, told German newspaper Bild that he did not share the Fuhrer’s ideology and entered politics originally to fight apartheid in southern Africa.

“That I have this name doesn’t mean that I want to subjugate Oshana now. It doesn’t mean that I’m striving for world domination. My father named me after this man. He probably didn’t understand what Adolf Hitler stood for,” the region’s new district administrator said.

“It was a completely normal name for me as a child. It wasn’t until I was growing up that I realized that this man wanted to subjugate the whole world. I have nothing to do with any of these things.”

According to media reports, his wife calls him Adolf and he usually appears in public as Adolf Uunona, leaving out the “Hitler.” But he said it was too late to change his name or update the ballot, adding: “It’s on all the official documents.”

Adolf, or Adolph, is not an uncommon name in the former German colony of Namibia, however most of those still alive with the name were alive before the Second World War.

Namibia still has communities of German-speaking people and is visited by 120,000 Germans each year.

There are German-language newspapers, radio stations, road names, place names and a small German-speaking minority.