Three Israeli cavers touring a northern Israel stalactite cave discovered a treasure dating back to the days of Alexander the Great. “One of the greatest findings in northern Israel over the past several years.”

Three Israelis visiting one of North Israel’s largest and most hidden stalactite caves were astonished to find a 2,300 year-old treasure inside. They immediately informed the Israel Antiques Authority, whose representatives were very surprised by the “historic” finding.

The three cavers, Reuven Zachai, his son Chen Zachai and their friend Lior Hiloni, members of the Israeli Speleology Club, were taking an introductory tour inside the cave when they found the treasure. They were crawling through the cave, when suddenly one of them noticed a shimmering object, which later on turned out to be coins buried in the days of Alexander the Great, in the end of the fourth century BC.

The Israel Antiques Authority representatives who were called to the cave, found also silver jewelry next to the treasure. The jewelry was hidden inside a pouch made of cloth. The Authority estimates this is one of the greatest findings in northern Israel over the past several years. “The objects may have been hidden by local residents who fled the area following the instability which the death of Alexander the Great incited in the region,” the archeologists estimate.

After rescanning the cave, the archeologists discovered additional findings, that date back to 6,000 years ago. They found ancient earthenware, which has been covered by stalactite, thus becoming an inseparable part of the cave. “It is a rare and fascinating combination between stalactite and archeology,” the specialists say.