An amazing new discovery of a 17.5-pound gold-plated object has been found in a Jerusalem cemetery, but local officials are unsure if it is an ancient temple treasure or hidden modern loot.
Image: Israel Antiquities Authority
Israel Antiquities Authority turned to the public on Tuesday using social media in an attempt to understand the purpose or use for a mysterious artifact that was discovered in an old building in a cemetery in Jerusalem.
Weighing in at 17.6 pounds, the gold-plated, football-shaped object is embedded with deep grooves and seems to have handles on both ends. It was discovered by the groundskeeper of a Jerusalem cemetery who, unsure of his discovery, called in the police, who in turn alerted sappers, who conducted a controlled explosion, after which the object was unearthed.
Image: Israel Antiquities Authority / Yuli Schwartz
“Since its discovery, Antiquities Authority officials have been trying to understand what this object is. It was sent to a lab at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and was discovered to be plated in nickel gold, but made from a single metal,” said Amir Ganor, head of the authority’s anti-theft unit.