Treasures from a Byzantine garbage dump

Early Byzantines in Tel Aviv, Israel probably thought themselves very clever when they buried a hoard of "400 coins, 200 intact Samaritan lamps and gold jewelry" in a garbage heap somewhere between the 5th-7th centuries. Perhaps they were, because the hoard was only found recently by a team of archaeologists from Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority. (video)

The area was once known as Arsuf before it was destroyed in 1265. The refuse pit included animal bones, pottery and glass fragments, but also a dozen Samaritan rings, one engraved in Samaritan script: One side reading “Adonai is his name,” the other side: “One God…”