As now released:
A Cache of Rare Coins and Silver and Bronze Objects from
2,300 Years Ago was Discovered
This is about another find of a cache of rare coins and silver and bronze objects 2,300 years old, in a cave in northern Israel. Three spelunkers lowered themselves down the stalactite cave, and the youngest member forced his way into one of the narrow niches when he suddenly caught sight of a shining object.
The Israel Antiquity Authority announced:
There he discovered two ancient silver coins which it later turned out had been minted during the reign of Alexander the Great who conquered the Land of Israel at the beginning of the Hellenistic period (late fourth century BCE). Several pieces of silver jewelry were found alongside the coins, among them rings, bracelets and earrings, which were apparently concealed in the cave, together inside a cloth pouch some 2,300 years ago.
In the opinion of archaeologists at the Israel Antiquities Authority, “The valuables might have been hidden in the cave by local residents who fled there during the period of governmental unrest stemming from the death of Alexander, a time when the Wars of the Diadochi broke out in Israel between Alexander’s heirs following his death. Presumably the cache was hidden in the hope of better days, but today we know that whoever buried the treasure never returned to collect it”.
...The IAA inspectors...believe they have found artifacts in the cave that first date to the Chalcolithic period c. 6,000 years ago; from the Early Bronze Age c. 5,000 years ago, the Biblical period 3,000 years ago and the Hellenistic period approximately 2,300 years ago. Numerous pottery vessels were also discovered in the cave...
Photographic credit: Shmuel Magal, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Jewish narrative justified.