A fragment of an ancient glass bracelet with two motifs of the seven-branched Second Temple menorah has been just been found in the Mount Carmel National Park by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), the IAA reportedly announced this week.
Above and above right: Turquoise glass bracelet fragment with 2 menorahs dated to circa 500 CE (IAA 12-2014).jpg
Fragment Of Ancient Glass Bracelet With Menorah Decorations Found In Israel
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A fragment of an ancient glass bracelet with two motifs of the seven-branched Second Temple menorah has been just been found in the Mount Carmel National Park by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), the IAA reportedly announced this week. The bracelet was discovered Thursday during a dig to clear the way for construction of a water reservoir, the IAA said.
The dig exposed an ancient industrial region and refuse pits belonging to a large settlement from the late Roman and Early Byzantine periods (late 4th century CE to early 5th century CE).
Archaeologists found hundreds of glass fragments in the refuse pits, including the bracelet fragment.
The bracelet’s glass is turquoise colored and has two 7-branched menorahs, one unlit and the other with flames.
Three other menorah bracelet fragments have been found in Israel, one at Bab el-Hawa in the northern Golan Heights, another at Banias in the Golan Heights, and the third at Shikmona in Haifa. But only the the Haifa fragment shows a menorah with flames.
“Jewelry such as this was found in excavations, usually in the context of funerary offerings. It is unusual to find such objects in settlement strata, and even rarer to discover them in an ancient refuse pit,” Yael Gorin-Rosen, head of the Ancient Glass Department at the Israel Antiquities Authority, reportedly said.
It has not yet been determined if site was a Jewish town or if it was Samaritan, pagan, or even early Christian.
And while it has not yet been determined where the bracelet was manufactured, archaeologists reportedly found clear remains of glass production activities at the site, including the congealed glass goo from the bottom of a glass kiln and lots of glass fragments.