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Israeli Fifth Graders Get A Golden Lesson

A group of fifth grade students uncovered ancient gold and silver medallions while on a class trip at Korazim National Park

By: Shaleni McBain

Published: May 23rd, 2014 in News » Israel

A group of fifth grade students have uncovered 16 gold and eight silver medallions, assumed to be from the Ottoman Era, on a class trip to Korazim park.

The students from Ramat Korazim in Northern Israel dug up the medallions, covered in Arabic inscriptions, while on a class archaeological dig.

“We hope the find that was uncovered on the first day of excavations will be a harbinger of more interesting and historically valuable finds that will spill more light on the past of the Korazim town,” Dr. Yossi Bordovitz, an archaeologist employed by the Parks Authority, said.

“The young archaeologists of the Ramat Korazim dug excitedly — at the moment the medallions were discovered, the excitement was great,” he described.

Korazim was mentioned in the New Testament as a Jewish town condemned by Jesus for rejecting his teachings. It was known for it’s good wheat, and in the 16th century Jewish fisherman resided there.

The ruins of Korazim are spread over 25 acres, subdivided into five quarters with a synagogue in the middle. Remnants of the synagogue and ritual baths have been uncovered at the site.

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