Israel: Mysterious gold object weighing 8.5kg discovered in Jerusalem cemetery
A mysterious gold object weighing 8.5kg has been discovered in an old building in a Jerusalem cemetery. Experts at the Israel Antiquities Authority are so baffled as to what it is they are seeking help from the public to identify it.
The object – which would be worth around £200,000 in today's market if it is solid gold, although it is probably just gold-plated – was discovered by a maintenance worker at the cemetery. They found a "suspicious object" buried inside an old building within the cemetery grounds and contacted the police.
A controlled explosion revealed the item. Details of the cemetery and building in which it was discovered have not been disclosed. "The object was turned over to Antiquities Authority inspectors for examination; however, the archaeologists announced that they had never before encountered such an item," the IAA said in a statement. The object is a similar to a baton, with two spheres at each end connected an elliptical centre. The centre is also surrounding by gold rings.