Hoard of gold coins found in crusader castle

"This is the first hoard of gold coins that we have in Israel that we can date to the Crusader period," said Oren Tal, director of the excavation of the 13th century Crusader castle of Arsur, where a hoard of 108 gold coins was recently discovered.

The castle, located between the ancient ports of Jaffa and Caesarea, is considered a perfect site for the investigation of relations between Christians and Muslems because it was occupied for a very limited time. The short period, from 1241 to its destruction in 1265, makes the excavation especially instructive because it was a snapshot of a very specific time.