Silver Anomalies Found in Jerusalem Pottery Hint at Wealth During Second Temple Period

Photo of Frank Asaro and David Adan-Bayewitz together
September 2006

Scientists at EETD and Bar-Ilan University have discovered unusually high concentrations of silver in samples of many different types of pottery from excavations in Jerusalem of the late Second Temple period, the first century BCE (Before the Common Era) through 70 CE (Common Era). This is the first study ever conducted on silver in archaeological ceramics.