Thursday, 3 November 2016

Ancient gold coin discovered in Kafr Kana

Archaeological excavation at Kafr Kana revealed a gold dinar from the early Islamic period, dating to 776-777.

Kafr Kana is an Arab town, in Galilee, part of the Northern District of Israel. It is associated with the New Testament village of Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine.
Finding ancient gold is extremely rare. One gold coin at this time was a huge amount of money. It was worth a hundred kilos of wheat. 4.5 dinar like these would buy a house in the village.

Excavations demonstrate the existence of early pre-Islamic villages in the area from the time of the Middle Bronze period 2000 BC as well as through Roman and Byzantine periods.