Crusader-era marble hoard found in Akko

A hoard of over 350 pieces of rare, antique marble has been discovered beneath a cellar floor in the Israeli coastal city of Akko. The hoard dates to the 13th century, and is believed to have been collected from nearby destroyed buildings.

The marble collection included rare colored stones, tiles and inscribed tombstones, some with Latin inscriptions, believed to have originated in Roman times. The marble may have been destined for export to grace the homes of wealthy Europeans.