How humans lived many years before us has always been a concept of immense fascination for mankind. But would you imagine them having a piggy bank? Archaeologists in Israel have come across a ‘piggy bank’ of gold coins. These gold coins were found in Yavneh during excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority prior to the development of a new neighbourhood at the behest of the Israel Lands Authority.
The archaeologists came across a broken clay pot, which contained coins from the early Islamic period. They think the area was an ancient industrial site, and the pot with coins could have been a potter’s personal ‘piggy bank.’
The coins date back to the early Abbasid Period (9th century CE). Among the coins, is a gold Dinar from the reign of the Caliph Haroun A-Rashid (786-809 CE), on whom the popular story Arabian Nights, also known as ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ was based. Such coins are very rarely found in Israel.
Dr. Kool, one of the archaeologists said, “The hoard also includes coins that are rarely found in Israel. These are gold dinars issued by the Aghlabid dynasty that ruled in North Africa, in the region of modern Tunisia, on behalf of the Abbasid Caliphate centered in Bagdad”. The excavators happened to come across this lucky find on the Chanukah festival, which is an important Jewish festival in December.
Another exciting find was made near to this excavation site. It was what archaeologists believe to be a large installation used for the production of wine. Dr. Haddad from the IAA said, “Initial analysis of the contents of the installation revealed ancient grape pips (seeds). The size and number of vats found at the site indicated that wine was produced on a commercial scale, well beyond the local needs of Yavneh’s ancient inhabitants.”