An Ancient Gold Bead of Exceptional Artistry Discovered by National Service Volunteer

Hallel Feidman, a National Service volunteer from Bnei Ayish who is 18 years old, made a remarkable archeological find in the Emek Tzurim National Park not long ago. This one-of-a-kind find is a bead made of pure gold that dates back 1,600 years. It is thought to have been part of a necklace or bracelet. The bead was found in the dirt from a grand Roman building found in the Pilgrimage Road Excavation. It was found during an archaeological sifting project.

The gold bead is very special because it was made using a very complicated craft method. It comes from Mesopotamia and was made there about 4,500 years ago. It takes a lot of skill to put together tens of small balls into one small bead. Gold items aren’t easy to find in archaeological sites, so this doesn’t happen very often.

Archaeologists, historians, and people from all over the world are interested in this amazing find because of how well it was made and because it was made of gold. Even though the original piece may have had more than one bead, this one find already tells us a lot about what life was like in Israel during this time period and culture. It also reminds us that even though we have modern tools and do a lot of digging today, it takes a trained person with good eyesight like Hallel Feidman to bring these amazing finds back to life for us.

Hallel Feidman has shown again with her contribution that anyone can join archaeological exploration, no matter how old they are or how much experience they have. She became interested in archaeology when she was in high school and started helping out with excavations at Emek Tzurim National Park. This led to her being a part of this amazing find. Her story is a great example for young people who want to become archaeologists and want to find hidden gems from the past like this amazing golden bead.