While I'm totally in favor of discussing new finds on the list I wonder at the fuss made over a hoard of coins. So what if they are gold? They are of some limited interest, but only because we know their find spot and they have provenience. So much better than having them show up on the market and getting sold at some auction house. However, just because they are numerous and of gold does not make these coins much more interesting than other finds from the same provenience. Since all the coins are of the same type, its a bit boring.
In fact there have been much more interesting finds in the ANE, which would could be discussed on this list. The Sasson distribution list sent a wonderful, short account of the latest work at Golbelki Tepe, a fabulous Neolithic site in Turkey, with standing stele decorated in reliefs. Here's a link:
Visitors to the site of Megiddo can see the results of excavations in the J4 temple (late EB I) that will knock their eyes out.
They are just 2 of the finds that are, in my humble opinion, glitter much more than the coins in that hoard.
Eliot Braun, Ph D
Sr. Fellow WF Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem
Associate Researcher Centre de Recherche Français de Jérusalem
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