Treasure-Hunting Sisters Find Human Remains from Roman Era.
Human remains believed to be 2,000 years old were found this week by two si= sters near the ruins of the ancient city of Caesarea.
Julia Shvicky of Kibbutz Barkai and Janet Daws, visiting from England, foun= d some bones that had washed up on the shore during a stroll by the beach. = "I love taking strolls at this spot. I always look for special stones and c= oins from the Roman era," Shvicky said. "Just as we started walking I said = to my sister: 'Wouldn't it be fun if we found something interesting?'"
At first, the sisters did not know they had found human bones. They took th= em to the kibbutz nurse who told them the bones were part of a human spinal= cord and hip. They immediately handed their find over to the police who br= iefly quizzed them and sent the human remains to the National Institute of = Forensic Medicine at Abu Kabir for examination. Though test results are not= yet in, police and the Israeli Antiquities Authorities estimate the findin= gs date back to Roman times.
The city of Caesarea has a long and varied history. It was originally built= by King Herod in the first century BCE, who constructed an artificial harb= or, markets, baths and a grand palace. A large hippodrome where chariot rac= es and other events were held was later added. The city, which reached its = peak during the Byzantine period, nearly vanished during the early Arab era.
A small walled town was built on a small portion of it by the Crusaders but= after they were expelled from the Holy Land it was finally abandoned.
Today, the archeological site is part of the Caesarea National Park adminis= tered by the Nature and National Parks Protection Authority. Much of its ru= ins have been excavated and are on display. In addition, its ancient amphit= heater is a popular venue for concerts.
Reflecting on her experience, would-be treasure hunter Shvicky seemed rathe= r amused. "My sister and I were rolling over laughing we wanted something i= nteresting and we found it," she said.
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